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 ...

CMS revives Obama-era critical-access hospital rule and more


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.

    

Free Webinar this Thursday: Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

The opioid epidemic is an ongoing problem in rural areas. Rural youth, young adults, women experiencing domestic violence, and people living in states with large rural populations suffer from higher rates of opioid use than their urban counterparts. Opioid overdose deaths are growing faster in rural counties than urban counties. This presentation by John Gale, MS, of the University of Southern Maine focuses on a wide range of strategies that communities can use to combat the opioid problem. In particular, it will discuss cost-effective, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have been successfully implemented in rural communities. It will conclude by describing community organizing strategies to engage a wide range of local stakeholders to reduce the burden of opioid use.

Connection Information

The webinar is free, no registration is required, but participation is limited to the first 1,500 to log-on that day. If the webinar reaches capacity, you will be able to access the recording, archived on the Gateway website.

Questions? Contact:
Brenda Haugen
Rural Health Research Gateway
brenda.haugen@med.und.edu

    

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