CMS issues MOON FAQs for hospitals as requirement takes effect

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued answers to Frequently Asked Questions for hospitals implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, including guidance on completing the free-text field that explains why the patient is not an inpatient. Effective March 8, all hospitals and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals

Leading Rural Health Into the Next Frontier

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One of the best parts of my job is getting to travel the country and meet the women and men who are leading the way in redefining the “H” and transforming health care. Rodney Nelson, president and CEO of the Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, MI, is one of those leaders. He sought new, creative... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Redefining the H, awards, leadership

AHA issues discussion guide for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a discussion guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement innovative ways to preserve access to essential health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. The AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities recently issued... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, governance

Reminder: Special AHA webcast Monday on ensuring access

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AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will host a live webcast Monday, Feb. 6, from the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the event, Pollack and members of the AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities will discuss the panel’s recent report on nine innovative... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Reminder: Special AHA webcast Monday on ensuring access

AHA News Now

AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will host a live webcast Monday, Feb. 6, from the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the event, Pollack and members of the AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities will discuss the panel’s recent report on nine innovative... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Senate Finance Committee holds hearing for HHS secretary nominee

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The Senate Finance Committee today held a confirmation hearing for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services. Price said his first order of business if confirmed as HHS secretary would be to see how the president’s recent executive order would be... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, telemedicine

CMS issues guidance on implementing MOON

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its Medicare claims processing manual to include guidance on implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, a standard notice that all hospitals and critical access hospitals must provide effective March 8 to all Medicare beneficiaries who... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation

Unique partnerships help Rodney Nelson bring better care to his rural community

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Mackinac Straits Health System President and CEO Rodney Nelson is all about finding creative solutions to the challenges facing his organization.

It’s how he transformed a once-struggling critical access hospital and nursing home into a comprehensive rural health system for the people and communities he... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals, awards, leadership

CMS posts final hospital MOON for implementation by March 6

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today posted its updated version of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, a standard notice that all hospitals and critical access hospitals must provide effective March 6, 2017 to all Medicare beneficiaries who receive outpatient observation services for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Critical Access Hospitals, regulation

House passes 21st Century Cures Act

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The House of Representatives last night voted 392-26 to approve the AHA-supported 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which includes a number of provisions important to hospitals and health systems. The Senate could vote on the measure next week. The bill would revise the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral health

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