- HHS Provides $424.7 Million to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation in Rural Communities
- 15 States Pass the 40% Threshold for Rural Vaccinations
- Death Rates Are Rising Across Rural America
- HRSA Awards Nearly $66 Million to Bolster the Nation's Behavioral Health Workforce for Underserved Communities
- COVID Infections and Deaths Drop to Lowest Rates in a Year
- CDC COVID-19 Study Shows mRNA Vaccines Reduce Risk of Infection by 91 Percent for Fully Vaccinated People
- Millions of Americans Live in 'Care Deserts'—Here's What That Means and Why It's a Huge Problem
- USDA to Invest $1 Billion to Purchase Healthy Food for Food Insecure Americans and Build Food Bank Capacity
- With Roots in Civil Rights, Community Health Centers Push for Equity in the Pandemic
- Rural Vaccination Rate Climbs by 1 Percentage Point in Last Week
- NHSC New Site Application Deadline Extended to July 1
- Rural Covid-Related Death Rate Climbs for Second Week in a Row
- Why Have Some States Pulled Ahead in the Race to Vaccinate Against COVID-19?
- Worried About Covid-19, Navajo Nation Ignores CDC, Keeps Masks and Social Distancing
- Here's What the Counties Leading the Country in Vaccinations All Have in Common
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about local health departments, along with questions and answers for health care workers and consumers about the COVID-19 vaccination.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the grace period previously granted to Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, and facilities operated by Tribes and Tribal organizations, to claim Medicaid reimbursement for services provided outside of the “four walls” of the facility to October 31, 2021. This bulletin also explains the steps Tribal facilities and states will need to take before the extended grace period expires in order to continue to be reimbursed for services provided outside the four walls of the facility after October 31st.
This final rule updates the requirements for benefits and payments for issuers offering individual market Qualified Health Plans on the Federal Health Insurance Exchange in 2022. It clarifies that the network adequacy standards regulation does not apply to Qualified Health Plans that do not use provider networks and adds a new direct enrollment option for federally-facilitated Exchanges and State Exchanges.
CMS has finalized the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans payment methodologies for CY 2022, including updates to the risk adjustment methodology and star rating system. Read more here.
In this rule, CMS is finalizing remaining proposals from the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Prescription Drug Plans final rule published June 2020, including those related to Special Needs Plans, Part D Coverage Gap Discount Program, opioid misuse and abuse, and the PACE program. Some provisions are effective in March and others will take effect in 2022.
This final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires Medicaid and CHIP programs, including managed care plans, and issuers of individual market Qualified Health Plans on the Federal Health Insurance Exchange to include in their patient access applications information about a patient’s pending and active prior authorization decisions in addition to claims and encounter data and laboratory results.
This tool from CMS is a resource to assist states and territories in their planning efforts to restore regular Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) operations after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center released the Request for Applications (RFA) for the new Geographic Direct Contracting Model, which will test if using a geographic-based approach to care improves quality and reduces costs. The RFA specifies the regions targeted for the model and that Direct Contracting Entities may contract with Critical Access Hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Rural Health Clinics as Preferred Providers.
The RAND Corporation is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that researches and analyzes public policy. In this report, RAND makes frequent reference to rural needs among 15 policy recommendations for reimbursement, workforce development, and telehealth services, among other topics.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) reports that, despite effective vaccines and treatment, “the nation faces unprecedented hepatitis A outbreaks, progress on preventing hepatitis B has stalled, and hepatitis C rates nearly tripled from 2011 to 2018.” The report identifies higher rates of substance use disorder, injection drug use, and homelessness as factors in the increase.