Uninsured Rate Rises in 2009

The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that the number of people without health insurance rose 9.4% to 50.7 million people in 2009, the highest number of uninsured since 1987. That represented 16.7% of the U.S. population in 2009 compared with 15.4% in 2008.

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Strategies for Implementing Meaningful Use within the Safety Net Community Webinar

This is the third HRSA Health IT and Quality technical assistance webinar in our series on Meaningful Use and its impact in the safety net population. This webinar builds on the previous Meaningful Use 101 and Meaningful Use Gap Analysis webinars and focuses on how HRSA grantees are implementing Meaningful Use within the safety net community. The presenters will focus on strategies their health facilities utilize for overcoming barriers and successfully becoming meaningful users of health IT....

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FCC Proposes Rural Health Broadband Programs, Solicits Comments

The NRHA released an initial draft of its comments to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed rule relating to programs intended to boost broadband access for rural health providers. The FCC has proposed two separate programs, and is seeking public comments on their implementation. The first, a health broadband infrastructure program, would provide "up to 85 percent of the construction costs of new regional or statewide networks to serve public and non-profit health care...

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Update: NRHA Hospital Outpatient Proposed Rule Comments

The NRHA submitted its comment letter to CMS this week on its proposed rule outlining changes to the CY 2011 hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).  Included in the proposal are issues related to the operation of small rural PPS and critical access hospitals which could have a significant impact on the way hospitals operate. Notable provisions of the the NPRM included a proposal to address the hot topic of physician supervision, quality measures for emergency department...

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