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Eligible Hospitals Must Attest By December 31 to Receive Incentive

on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 21:00

CMS reports the following, that if you are an eligible hospitals or critical access hospital (CAH), the last day you can register and attest to demonstrating meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year is December 31, 2014. You must successfully attest by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, to receive an incentive payment for your 2014 participation.

 

CMS extended the deadline for eligible hospitals and CAHs to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to allow more time for providers to submit their meaningful use

Delta-Based Health Educator is Rural Health Champion

on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:09

Every day at South Delta Middle School in Anguilla, Tammy Fordham Bell tries to fill the gap in health-care services and education in a rural Delta county where there are no pediatricians.

 

The Leland native and Greenville resident drives from campus to campus in the South Delta school district to provide hands-on care to about 1,100 Sharkey County children. On any given day, Bell circulates among four campuses to provide abstinence education and give sports physicals. She counsels teens who are pregnant and ensures they get car seats if they can’t afford them.

 

She teaches personal

VA Releases Interim Final Rule on Expanded Access to Non-VA Care

on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 15:06

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) has just released the interim final rule on the Expanded Access to Non-VA Care through the Veterans Choice Program. These are the interim implementing regulations for the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 passed by Congress earlier this year. This rule sets out the methods by which veterans can access care outside of the established VA system, for example, rural veterans.

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Speculation swirls around what happens if federal subsidies go away

on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:55

New language in contracts between the CMS and insurers operating on HealthCare.gov is grabbing attention, with some calling it an admission by the government that it might lose upcoming court battles dealing with insurance subsidies on the health portal and others saying the new wording is just a practical precaution.  The new language appears to allow insurers to stop offering their plans should federal premium subsidies disappear. A number of cases regarding the legality of the subsidies in states without their own exchanges are now working their way through the courts.

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Let's Try Again: CDC issues stronger Ebola standards

on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 21:24

Conceding its previous Ebola safety protocols failed in Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued more robust standards aimed at better protecting workers who confront Ebola and other deadly infectious diseases.  CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said late Monday that the new guidelines were designed to increase the margins of safety for healthcare workers.