Small-town America relies on a steady flow of doctors from around the world to deliver babies, treat heart ailments and address its residents’ medical needs. But a recent, little-publicized decision by the government to alter the timetable for some ...

Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy and more


Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy

Small-town America relies on a steady flow of doctors from around the world to deliver babies, treat heart ailments and address its residents’ medical needs. But a recent, little-publicized decision by the government to alter the timetable for some visa applications is likely to delay the arrival of new foreign doctors, and is causing concern in the places that depend on them.

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Chronic Care Management Payment Correction for RHCs and FQHCs

Effective January 1, 2016, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) received payment for Chronic Care Management (CCM) services based on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule national average non-facility payment rate. However, for claims with dates of service on or after January 1, 2017, RHCs and FQHCs have been receiving a locality adjusted payment rate for these services.

Your Medicare Administrative Contractor will adjust any claim processed incorrectly. No provider action is required.

    

Video: The Critical Access Hospital’s Journey to Becoming a High-Reliability Organization

In this video, two hospitals' executives discuss how they implemented a culture of consistency, during an interview at the Rural Health Care Leadership conference.

    

Five Reasons the Trump Administration Must “Go Big” on Rural Health

Rural health care should obviously be a focus for the new Administration. In his first address to Congress, President Trump called on Congress to work together “to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care.” The National Rural Health Association urges the Administration and Congress to make health care work in rural America. 

Learn more here.

    

Joanie Perkins on Rural Health Leadership Radio

Joanie Perkins serves as the Chief Compliance Officer at North Sunflower Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Ruleville, Mississippi. Her love for medicine stemmed from her mother, who worked as an emergency room registered nurse in Dayton, Ohio, and would come home and tell her children stories about what had transpired throughout her day. This sparked a love of medicine in Joanie and her 10 brothers and sisters, about half of which went into medicine themselves. 

Listen to Joanie on Rural Health Leadership Radio here.

    

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