HHS finalizes new compliance deadlines for ICD-10 transition

On Monday, August 27, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of a rule that makes final a one-year proposed delay—from October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2014—in the compliance date for the industry's transition to ICD-10 codes. Secretary Sebelius first announced the proposed delay in April and the release of the final rule solidifies the delay.  Many health care advocates and industry experts had expressed concern that the previous deadline would lead...

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Some Texas counties want Medicaid expansion despite Gov. Perry’s opposition

The Washington Post reports that some counties in Texas want to expand Medicaid coverage, despite Gov. Rick Perry’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion under health care reform. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can opt out without penalty from the federal government. For the full article, click here.

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Call for Rural/ Frontier Health Best Practices Compendium Submissions

The National Rural Health Task Force, a group that was established in 2007 to “discuss rural issues, communication strategies, and build partnerships to promote the long-term growth and sustainability of rural community and migrant health centers” through a cooperative agreement with HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is putting together a compendium of best practices/ models that work in workforce development and needs your input. The joint task force between...

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Protect Medicare Dependent Hospitals and Low-Volume Hospitals

Join NRHA’s Virtual March for Rural Hospitals. Call, Tweet and Facebook your members of Congress, and ask them to cosponsor S. 2620 and H.R. 5943, the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2012. If Congress doesn't act by Oct. 1, the Medicare Dependent Hospital (MDH) program and Low- Volume Hospital (LVH) adjustment will expire causing rural hospitals to lose millions of dollars resulting in layoffs, reduced wages, economic loss, reduced service, or worse, closed doors. Members of Congress will...

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Special Offer: Spousal or Significant Other Travel and Lodging Subsidy

For students who interview at a “1-2” Rural Training Track residency program during this coming residency year 2012 – 2013 RTT residency programs will be offering a spousal or significant other travel and lodging subsidy of $250 or more to applicants who schedule interviews to be completed between October 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013. Simply ask about this benefit when scheduling your interview and provide receipts (e.g. airfare, car rental or mileage, baggage fees, lodging for the night...

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3 ways to share your talents with NRHA

1. Win $400 in NRHA's first photo contest. NRHA’s Communications Committee has planned the association’s first photo contest, Rural Lens. NRHA is accepting photos in three categories – community outreach, people and landscape – through Aug. 15. “We all know that rural America is the most beautiful place on earth,” says Stacy Young, committee chair. “There’s nothing like sharing rural health pictures from scenery, community outreach and the...

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NRHA makes telehealth recommendations to Institute of Medicine

This morning the Institute of Medicine (IOM) kicked off a new study commissioned by the Health Resources Services Administration with a two-day workshop on the “Role of Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment”. NRHA CEO Alan Morgan will participate in a stakeholder perspective panel Thursday afternoon to guide investigators leading the study. “Telehealth is a game-changer for health care delivery in rural America, and I thank the investigators of the IOM study for...

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Give your members of Congress homework over summer recess

Lawmakers will be in their districts and traveling their states while Congress is in recess from Aug. 6 to Sept. 7. Remind them to act now, before the Medicare Dependent Hospital (MDH) and Low Volume Hospital (LVH) provisions will expire, causing rural hospitals to lose millions of dollars resulting in layoffs, reduced wages, economic loss, reduced service, or worse, closings. Call, Tweet and Facebook your members of Congress, and tell them to cosponsor S. 2620 and H.R. 5943, the Rural...

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Congressional leaders announce six-month "continuing resolution"

On Tuesday, July 31, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced an agreement with President Obama and Speaker Boehner on a six-month continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through March. The CR will become law in lieu of individual appropriations bills for those six months. Congress is not expected to vote on the compromise before its August recess but no significant opposition is expected in either chamber. The bill will be "clean" meaning that no modifications to current...

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