CMS accepting applications for CPC Plus medical home model

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Eligible practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and the Buffalo, NY, region may apply through July 13 to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model from 2018 to 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. The multi-payer medical home model, which commenced in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

CMS webinar Monday on MACRA participation requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a May 22 webinar on participation requirements for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models, the new payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. To register for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

Oklahoma tornado affects hospital, employees

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Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, OK, was treating injuries from a tornado that swept through the community last night, destroying more than 53 homes and buildings, the Oklahoma Hospital Association reported today. The hospital was on generator power, but did not sustain damage. However,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: preparedness, workforce

HHS updates ransomware guidance for health care organizations

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The Department of Health and Human Services last night issued updated ransomware and cyber threat guidance for health care organizations. Ransomware attacks, a type of cyberattack in which the actors demand the payment of ransom to regain access to a victim’s data, were reported Friday by companies and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

CMS issues checklist for states applying for waivers from ACA requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released a checklist for states applying for Section 1332 waivers. Under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, states can apply for a waiver of certain ACA requirements but must demonstrate that the proposed waiver would: provide access to quality... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

USDA accepting applications for rural telemedicine grants

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Hospitals and others can apply through July 17 for grants of up to $500,000 each for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas, the Department of Agriculture announced today. The fiscal year 2017 grants are through the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, nurses, telemedicine

Dignity Health releases human trafficking response resource for hospitals

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San Francisco-based Dignity Health today published information on its Human Trafficking Response Program to help other hospitals and health systems implement similar programs. “Trafficked persons are often overlooked even though most survivors report that they have visited a health care setting at least... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, prevention

Circuit court hears arguments in HHS challenge of Medicare appeals order

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today heard oral argument in the government’s appeal of a December 2016 court order obtained by the AHA and three hospitals, which required the Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate within four years the Medicare claims appeals... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

CMS to propose changes to enrollment in federally-facilitated SHOPs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services intends to propose rulemaking that would change how small employers enroll in the federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2018. Instead of enrolling online at HealthCare.gov, employers... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

WHO investigating Ebola outbreak in Congo

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The World Health Organization is investigating an Ebola outbreak in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the eighth in the African nation since the virus was discovered there in 1976. As of Saturday, 11 suspected cases and three deaths have been reported since April 22. “The... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Ebola, preparedness

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