Hospitals are economic linchpins for rural communities, health advocates say. The farm bill ought to sharpen its focus on preventing more rural hospital closures. Read more here.
Coming soon, HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy plans to award up to 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response initiative that will support treatment for, and prevention of, substance use disorder with a focus on the 220 counties identified by the CDC as being at risk, as well as other high risk rural communities. Successful awardees will receive $200,000 for one year to partner with at least three other entities and develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations. It is anticipated the Notice of Funding Opportunity will be available on Grants.gov later this Spring 2018. Please note that the process for registering for federal grants can take up to 30 days to complete. Learn more https://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/press-releases/hrsa-rural-communities-opioid-response-initiative-fy2018
NRHA will be conducting a webinar on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm CT on Laboratory billing programs and rural hospital survival.
According to NRHA, over the last six months, rural hospitals have been featured in local, regional and even national news stories on reference laboratory programs called into question over billing practices and other related contractual issues. The media sensation has drawn rural hospital leader's attention on just what do these programs include and is it something they should be doing. Hear Brian Bauer, Esq. of the Hall Render Law Firm give his analysis of these programs from a compliance point of view and offer tips on how you can steer clear of being featured in a negative news story.
You can register to attend by clicking here.
Medicaid payments allow struggling hospitals to maintain vital costly services such as maternity care. Read about 23 year old Brianna Foster and her story here.
Rural hospitals offering obstetric care services have declined over the past decade, which has contributed to a rise in health risks and infant mortality in some of the country's most medically underserved areas, according to a new study. Read more here.