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Preparing nurse practitioners for rural practice.

Educating more nurse practitioners (NPs) for rural practice is essential to address provider shortages in America’s small towns. The Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) is studying rural-oriented primary care NP education programs and clinical training consistent with the organization’s goal of improving education and preparing providers for successful rural primary care practice. .

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All of Us Research Program: One year after launch, momentum is key.

The All of Us program aims to advance precision medicine, an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Learn about key updates and next steps for All of Us..

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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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Highlighting the All of Us Research Program.

‚ÄčLater this month, NRHA will be participating in the Adelante Promotores Conference in San Diego. This year, the theme—United for Healthy Communities—provides a platform for health advocates to grow their professional skills and reflect on our role in developing culturally competent, accessible care models that can help eliminate health disparities in the United States..

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