The National Rural Health Association has partnered with Yaffe & Company, Inc. to conduct a national survey of executive compensation and benefits of Critical Access and Rural hospitals. A complimentary report will be provided to all participating ...

2018 Rural Healthcare Executive Comp survey and more


2018 Rural Healthcare Executive Comp survey

The National Rural Health Association has partnered with Yaffe & Company, Inc. to conduct a national survey of executive compensation and benefits of Critical Access and Rural hospitals. A complimentary report will be provided to all participating organizations, which will include cash compensation data, and benefit and perquisite information for 9 positions including the CEO, CFO and CNO positions. The survey will be available for completion online. An email with a personalized, secure link to the survey questionnaire was sent on January 15th from Yaffe & Company. If you did not receive an email and wish to participate, please contact Walter Farber. As an alternative, you can download an Excel questionnaire to submit.

    

CMS revives Obama-era critical-access hospital rule

The CMS plans to release a finalized version of an Obama-era rulemaking that outlines new standards that critical-access hospitals must comply with to continue billing under Medicare. The federal agency released the proposed version of the rule in June 2016 and it was not finalized before the Trump administration started in January 2017.

The CMS plans to release a final version of the rule some time over the next 17 months, according to a Jan. 12 Federal Register notice, which outlined a list of forthcoming rulemakings.

    

Study Finds Wellness Coordinators Improve Rural Preventive Health Care

Preventive health services among Oklahoma residents in a rural county increased significantly when wellness coordinators working with primary care practices, the county health department, the county hospital and a health information exchange organization contacted county residents to help arrange for them to receive evidence-based preventive services, according to an AHRQ-funded study. The coordinators used a wellness registry developed from electronic medical records to flag gaps in patients’ preventive care, track outreach efforts and document the delivery of preventive services.

Among about 5,000 patients who received calls from wellness coordinators, the delivery of 10 selected preventive services improved about 35 percent. Access the abstract of the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

    

Emergency department telehealth program reduces wait time by 6 minutes

Patients in rural hospitals using telehealth services were seen by a provider six minutes faster than patients without telehealth, according to a study conducted by the University of Iowa. In this study, researchers evaluated the impact an emergency department (ED)-based telemedicine program could have on ED wait times in rural hospitals. Factors of door-to-provider time, ED length-of-stay and time-to-transfer were included.

    

FCC seeks comment on proposed updates to Rural Health Care Program

The Federal Communications Commission is accepting comments through Feb. 2 on its proposal to permanently increase the $400 million annual funding cap for the Rural Health Care Program. The proposed rule also seeks feedback on creating a prioritization mechanism in the event demand exceeds the annual cap, as it has for the past two years.

    

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