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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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9 Challenges in the Era of Interoperability.

  • Author: MEDHOST

Mid-way through 2019, much of the healthcare marketplace is well into Promoting Interoperability (PI), which is the most recently proposed electronic health record (EHR) initiative from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid).Today many hospital IT leaders and CIOs nationwide are persisting on a path toward interoperability with many of their peers, however, while some lead the way, many others lag far behind..

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Overcoming common rehabilitation management obstacles.

Hospitals of all sizes and in all locations face challenges delivering therapy and rehabilitation services to patients in the recovery phase of their stay. Whether they have just undergone surgery or require rehabilitation after a stroke or automobile accident, patients need to receive high-quality care to have the best chance of a positive outcome..

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Do these rural health issues look familiar?.

Staffing challenges. Financial concerns. Rural regions ravaged by poverty, unemployment, and the opioid crisis. These harsh realities take center stage in this issue of Rural Horizons. And they are echoed in The Providers, a new PBS documentary that shows how rural health care professionals can make a difference in the lives of their patients in the face of overwhelming odds..

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