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.

Time for new perspective: Rural nursing workforce 

After being a nurse for more than 40 years, one thing is certain: Health care and nursing are ever changing. Nearly 30 years of my nursing experience has been at critical access hospitals, so my heart holds a special place for rural nursing. Some of the greatest challenges of working in a small rural hospital have become my most memorable moments and accomplishments. I was part of a group of rural nurses who started a nurse-owned business as leaders in the research utilization movement ...

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NRHA announces 2020 Rural Health Fellows

The National Rural Health Association is pleased to announce the final selections for its 2020 Rural Health Fellows program. After a competitive review process, 15 fellows were selected to participate in this yearlong, intensive program aimed at developing leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America. The new NRHA Rural Health Fellows are ...

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NRHA Celebrates National Rural Hospital Week & National Rural Health Day

In celebration of National Rural Hospital Week, NRHA has partnered with the Federation of American Hospitals to recognize the inspiring efforts of some of NRHA's members. We are excited to share their stories with you, shining a light on those who are working to improve the health and well-being of millions in America’s rural communities, and to highlight the incredible power of rural.

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Don’t miss out on your MIPS reimbursement

Meeting your MIPS requirements doesn't have to be arduous and painful! Did you know that one unique aspect of MIPS is that CME can count towards your MIPS requirement? Many CME Outfitters activities are designed to meet the requirements as MIPS improvement activities.  When you participate in one of our activities that is designated as an Improvement Activity, we make it as straightforward as possible to submit your requirements to CMS.  

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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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