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Submit 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Data by February 29, 2016

on Tue, 02/09/2016 - 20:55

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the 2015 data submission timeframe for the electronic health record (EHR) direct and EHR data submission vendor reporting mechanisms. This data must be submitted via the quality data reporting architecture (QRDA) I or III between now and February 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM CST.  An Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account with the “Submitter Role” is required for these data submission methods. Please see the EIDM System Toolkit for additional information. 


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Harper Co-Sponsors the Save Rural Hospitals Act

on Tue, 02/09/2016 - 15:57

During MRHA’s visit last week to Washington, D.C., representatives from Mississippi were able to visit with lawmakers regarding support for the Save Rural Hospitals Act.  This legislation, originally proposed by NRHA, is a comprehensive “silver bullet” to address the most critical issues facing rural and critical access hospitals in Mississippi today.  The bill would eliminated the 96 hour rule, the 2-midnight rule, establish a new type of hospital called a Community Outreach Hospital (COH), and eliminated multiple devastating cuts. 



Chronic are Management Technical Assistance Call with CMS

on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 20:21

As many of you know, the Chronic Care Management (CCM) benefit was expanded to Rural Health Clinics on January 1, 2016 and aims to give providers a tool to better manage Medicare patients with two or more chronic conditions. The benefit requires, after an initial set-up, that auxiliary staff perform 20 minutes a month of “chronic care management services” such as a call or email to the patient to check on their status. The Rural Health Clinic may then bill Medicare for these services under CPT code 99490 and receive $42.91 a month.


The hope is that by paying for the delivery of chronic care

New Mississippi Rural Health Fellow Credential Announced

on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 19:29

The Mississippi Rural Health Association is proud to announce its newest venture, a professional credential designed to highlight seasoned rural professionals.


In order to foster a greater understanding of rural-specific policies, regulations, and needs in the field of healthcare, a new credential has been established with the Mississippi Rural Health Association to empower and educate members.  These credentials, the Mississippi Rural Health Fellow (MRHF) and the Mississippi Rural Health Student Fellow (MRHSF), are established to reward healthcare professionals in their efforts to become

Mississippians Need Rural and Critical Access Hospitals

on Tue, 01/05/2016 - 15:11

Mississippi is a rural state.  More than 1.6 million of the 2.9 million people that live in Mississippi live in rural areas.  We think rural, we live rural, and we desire to stay rural.


And, as a rural state, we have rural-specific needs.  One of these major needs is access to quality healthcare. 


Meeting this need is an excellent system of rural and critical access hospitals.  These hospitals are in many of our rural counties and serve a vast majority of our rural citizens.

Heavy Storms Hit Mississippi

on Mon, 12/28/2015 - 16:49

Several severe lines of thunderstorms recently hit Mississippi, causing damage, injury, and loss of life.  Please keep those affected by these storms in your thoughts and prayers.  The following are helpful resources for those suffering loss or the medical professionals treating the victims:

Mississippi Drug Card Celebrates Eight Year Anniversary

on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 03:45

This weekend marked the eighth anniversary of the Mississippi Drug Card Program! Since the program's inception in December of 2007, the program has saved Mississippi residents over $27 million. That number continues to rise in Mississippi because the program's initiative is simple and focused on easing the patient's financial burden.  


The Mississippi Drug Card Program is proud to work with the Mississippi Rural Health Association to distribute this absolutely free card that provides discounts as high as 75% on FDA-approved medications.

Physician Fee Schedule for Reimbursement for Remote Patient Monitoring

on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 20:50

CMS recently released the final rule for 2015 physician fee schedule to include reimbursement for Remote Patient Monitoring. This included several provisions that advance access to reimbursement for telemedicine services.


The new rule includes a provision that would cover remote chronic care management using a new current procedural terminology (“CPT”) code, 99490 (with a monthly unadjusted, non-facility fee of $42.60).


The final rule also includes a provision that would cover remote-patient monitoring of chronic conditions using existing CPT code 99091 (with a monthly unadjusted,

Rush Adds New Clinic in Preston

on Tue, 12/01/2015 - 22:07

Preston, Mississippi just added its first medical clinic.  Rush Medical Clinic in Preston is the newest addition to the Rush family, and is the first opportunity for citizens of Preston to access healthcare in their small town.  

Dr. Anna Marie Hailey-Sharp is the physician at the new clinic.  A native of Preston, Hailey-Sharp will lead efforts at this clinic as well as work with the Rush team in other capacities. 

Bryant Prepares to Sign Proclamation Declaring November 20th Mississippi Rural Health Day

on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 19:59

This week is National Rural Health Week, and around the country rural hospitals, clinics, and associations are celebrating with a number of exciting ventures. In Mississippi, your Rural Health Association is releasing a news article modified from its original release in the Fall 2015 Crossroads magazine about the need for the community to support rural and critical access hospitals.  This article has appropriate timing considering the recent news of Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton closing due to the federal government’s enforcement of the 20-mile rule.