NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

Deadline Approaching for Rescores in HRSA's Shortage Designation Modernization Project Auto-HPSA National Update

HRSA's Shortage Designation Modernization Project Auto-HPSA National Update has given new scores and the deadline for rescoring is approaching.   

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The University of North Carolina Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research Identifies Five Previously Unreported Rural Hospital Closures

New findings at the The University of North Carolina Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research uncovers five previously unreported rural hospital closures. 

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Free Medication-Assisted Treatment Training Resources Help Clinicians Secure Loan Repayment Awards

Opioid-related drug overdoses claim more than 130 lives every day in the United States. Prevention and access to treatment for opioid addiction and overdose reversal drugs are critical to fighting this epidemic. This includes increasing the number of clinicians who are eligible to prescribe or dispense buprenorphine, a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat opioid dependency.  

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AAFP physician happiness survey results

Physicians are happy with their jobs, according to a survey by CompHealth and the American Academy of Family Physicians. But the survey also found that burnout and stress are a reality for many physicians. Workplace friendships are key: The survey found a direct correlation between positive relationships at work and happiness. Having more autonomy and input on decisions that affected them also affected physicians’ happiness. The survey also found that many physicians felt...

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7 stats impacting the financial health of community hospitals

  • Author: McKesson

With Medicare reimbursement cuts and increasing health care costs, it’s no wonder rural hospitals are feeling the heat. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Medicare Part B fee cuts totaled $400 million in 2018. At the same time, avoidable misdiagnoses are costing hospitals $900 million per year. Add in inefficient workflows that increase labor costs and account for 25 percent of total spending and you’ve got a recipe for financial loss. The good news is your supply chain...

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CMS policy changes impact hospital outpatient services

CMS recently released its proposed rule for the 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). Among many changes, CMS proposed three key payment policy updates impacting hospital outpatient departments: lowering the supervision standard for hospital outpatient therapeutic services from direct supervision to general supervision; requiring prior authorizations for certain hospital outpatient department services; and reducing payments for clinic visits at off-campus...

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Highlighting the All of Us Research Program

‚ÄčLater this month, NRHA will be participating in the Adelante Promotores Conference in San Diego. This year, the theme—United for Healthy Communities—provides a platform for health advocates to grow their professional skills and reflect on our role in developing culturally competent, accessible care models that can help eliminate health disparities in the United States.

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9 Challenges in the Era of Interoperability

  • Author: MEDHOST

Mid-way through 2019, much of the healthcare marketplace is well into Promoting Interoperability (PI), which is the most recently proposed electronic health record (EHR) initiative from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid).Today many hospital IT leaders and CIOs nationwide are persisting on a path toward interoperability with many of their peers, however, while some lead the way, many others lag far behind.

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Overcoming common rehabilitation management obstacles

Hospitals of all sizes and in all locations face challenges delivering therapy and rehabilitation services to patients in the recovery phase of their stay. Whether they have just undergone surgery or require rehabilitation after a stroke or automobile accident, patients need to receive high-quality care to have the best chance of a positive outcome.

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NRHA releases 2019 policy papers

The policy papers and statements adopted by NRHA’s Rural Health Congress are the background and support for NRHA's Legislative and Regulatory Agenda, which reflects the mission and values of NRHA by highlighting issues of importance to our membership. NRHA members and our Rural Health Fellows set the policies and positions that NRHA advocates for at a national level and all members of the association are encouraged to participate in the development of policy by...

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