Berwick: You have my attention, heart, commitment

The meaningful use era

David Blumenthal, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT), told nearly 400 NRHA Rural Health Policy Institute attendees “we’ve entered a new era in the U.S. health care system, the era of meaningful use.” “It’s more than a federal program and a statute, it’s a new way we’ll do business in the health care system,” he said. “I hope to convince you this isn’t a transient change but an enduring one.” Since...

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Brand: Rural health, we’ve got your back

Negotiated Rulemaking

This week, I am once again participating in the HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that is reconsidering how the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Area (MUA) designations are constructed. The Negotiated Rulemaking committee was mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. These methods (HPSA and MUA) are used to designate areas eligible for Federal resources such as National Health Service Corps Physicians, Community Health Centers, and a Medicare...

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One-Fifth of the U.S. Population Has No Doctor or Other Usual Source of Medical Care

Roughly 60 million people—1 in 5 Americans—have no usual source of medical care, such as a family doctor or clinic, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The report noted that some 29 percent of people with no health insurance cited high cost as their main reason for not having a usual source of care, compared to 16 percent of people with public insurance and 4 percent of those with private health insurance. NRHA's Expanding...

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