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MedPAC appointments announced by GAO.

The General Accounting Office (GAO) announnced May 14, 2010 the appointment of four new Commissioners and the re-appointment of two existing members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). NRHA congratuates Thomas Dean, M.D., a rural family physician of Wessington Springs, SD and Herb Kuhn, President and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association on their re-appointments. NRHA still remains concerned about the notable lack of  rural representation on MedPAC and urges Congress and....

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FQHC/CAH collaboration manual released.

HRSA has released a manual entitled, Effective Collaboration Between Critical Access Hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers.   "With health centers and Critical Access Hospitals both facing increasing demand for services, the need for collaboration has never been greater.  Our goal, at HRSA, is to encourage strong partnerships between community health centers and Critical Access Hospitals," said Mary Wakefield, HRSA Administrator. This manual is intended to assist providers in ideas....

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Beacon Communities Announced.

Washington, D.C. - Vice President Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the selection of 15 communities across the country to serve as pilot communities for eventual wide-scale use of health information technology through the Beacon Community program.  The $220 million in Recovery Act awards will not only help achieve meaningful and measurable improvements in health care quality, safety and efficiency in the selected communities, but also help....

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CMS releases RAC FAQ Page and Video.

CMS has released a new RAC FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. In addition, this video gives a RAC 101 seminar, particularly useful for staff training or review..

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CMS releases FY 2011 proposed IPPS rule.

Medicare payments to acute-care hospitals for inpatient services will decline by 0.1% or $142 million in fiscal 2011 under a proposed rule issued by the CMS. The proposed rule does not address inpatient hospital related provisions of the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act.  CMS expects to provide further information on the implementation of health care reform provisions in these laws that....

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