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.

Capitol Hill Watch for Week of June 6th

The House of Representatives is in a “constituent work week” this week.  Many members will be in their home districts and some will be holding town-hall meetings and other events to discuss the budget process and legislative action items.  This is a great opportunity to talk to your House member about the issues that are important to you.  Information about these events are generally posted beforehand on each member’s website.  For information about your individual House member, visit...

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Hospital Readmissions at 12%

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Associations File ACO Comments with CMS

As the deadline for filing comments on the CMS proposed rule on Accountable Care Organizations approaches, several organizations have filed comments expressing their concern with these regulations already.  Please click the links below to see them. American Hospital Association Comments American Medical Association Comments Cleveland Clinic Comments

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Associations File ACO Comments with CMS

As the deadline for filing comments on the CMS proposed rule on Accountable Care Organizations, several organizations have filed comments expressing their concern with these regulations already. American Hospital Association Comments American Medical Association Comments Cleveland Clinic Comments

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Associations File ACO Comments with CMS

As the deadline for filing comments on the CMS proposed rule on Accountable Care Organizations, several organizations have filed comments expressing their concern with these regulations already. American Hospital Association Comments American Medical Association Comments Cleveland Clinic Comments

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Associations File ACO Comments with CMS

As the deadline for filing comments on the CMS proposed rule on Accountable Care Organizations, several organizations have filed comments expressing their concern with these regulations already. American Hospital Association Comments American Medical Association Comments Cleveland Clinic Comments

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Associations File ACO Comments with CMS

As the deadline for filing comments on the CMS proposed rule on Accountable Care Organizations, several organizations have filed comments expressing their concern with these regulations already. American Hospital Association Comments American Medical Association Comments Cleveland Clinic Comments

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House Appropriations to "Mark Up" 2012 Agriculture Bill

FISCAL 2012 APPROPRIATIONS: AGRICULTURE 5 p.m. May 31, 2359 Rayburn Bldg. Full Committee Markup House Appropriations Committee (Chairman Rogers, R-Ky.) will mark up draft legislation that would make fiscal 2012 appropriations for programs related to agriculture, rural development, the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies.  This mark up will be instrumental in setting final funding levels for the programs, grants, agencies, etc. that fall under the "Agriculture" title.  If...

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Kaiser Study Shows Opposition to Medicaid Cuts

By Phil GalewitzKHN Staff Writer May 25, 2011 Most Americans oppose the House Republicans’ plan to overhaul and slash funding of Medicaid, the state-federal program that covers 56 million low-income people, according to a poll being released today. About 60 percent of Americans want Congress to keep Medicaid in its current form with the federal government guaranteeing coverage and setting minimum benefits for states to follow, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation...

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American Association of Family Physicians Interviews CMS Administrator Berwick

From James Arvantes at AAFP News Now: As CMS administrator, Donald Berwick, M.D., has played a key role in implementing various provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the expansion of Medicaid, writing new rules and regulations, and the establishment of pilot projects to test different health care models and payment policies. Berwick is a Harvard University professor, a pediatrician and former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement...

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