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Affinity Groups Offer Innovative Ways to Engage at AHA Rural Health Conference

Affinity Groups Offer Innovative Ways to Engage at AHA Rural Health Conference Matthew Diener Jan 21, 2021 If you’re like me and have been tracking the media over the past several months, then you have seen dozens of examples of rural health care leaders transforming their operations with innovative responses to emerging opportunities and unprecedented […]

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OCR will not enforce HIPAA rules for covered entities using online apps to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations in good faith

OCR will not enforce HIPAA rules for covered entities using online apps to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations in good faith tjordan_drupal Jan 20, 2021 The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights will not impose penalties on covered health care providers, their business associates or vendors for HIPAA rule violations connected with web-based […]

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CPT codes announced for Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate

CPT codes announced for Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate tjordan_drupal Jan 20, 2021 The American Medical Association yesterday announced Current Procedural Terminology codes for reporting the single-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine and its administration on medical claims if the Food and Drug Administration approves the candidate vaccine or authorizes it for emergency use. “Janssen’s […]

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FDA updates guidance on COVID-19 convalescent plasma

FDA updates guidance on COVID-19 convalescent plasma tjordan_drupal Jan 20, 2021 The Food and Drug Administration yesterday updated its guidance and webpage on COVID-19 convalescent plasma. The updates include recommendations on when individuals who have received an investigational COVID-19 vaccine qualify as convalescent plasma donors, and extend the period of enforcement discretion described in the […]

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AHA releases 2021 Strategic Plan

AHA releases 2021 Strategic Plan tjordan_drupal Jan 20, 2021 The AHA today published its 2021 Strategic Plan outlining the association’s operating blueprint for the year. The plan’s recommendations span before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, examining environmental factors, drivers for 2021, focus areas, goals and strategies for achieving success. Because of the fluidity surrounding […]

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Surgeon general, HHS report recommends strategies to reduce suicides

Surgeon general, HHS report recommends strategies to reduce suicides tjordan_drupal Jan 20, 2021 The Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Surgeon General Tuesday released a federal call-to-action for efforts to reduce suicide rates, improve resilience and broaden the perceptions of suicide. The effort, undertaken in conjunction with the National Action […]

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CMS releases CY 2022 application request for Part D model

CMS releases CY 2022 application request for Part D model tjordan_drupal Jan 20, 2021 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday released a request for applications to participate in the Part D Payment Modernization Model in calendar year 2022. The five-year model, which began this month, will test new incentives for Medicare prescription drug […]

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CMS releases request for Geo direct contracting model applications

CMS releases request for Geo direct contracting model applications tjordan_drupal Jan 20, 2021 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday released its request for applications for the Geographic Direct Contracting Model, known as Geo. CMS expects to accept applications March 1 through April 2 via an online portal. Participants in the model, announced last […]

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HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to award telehealth grants

HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to award telehealth grants tjordan_drupal Jan 20, 2021 U.S. hospitals and other non-profit and for-profit entities with experience using telehealth technologies to serve rural underserved populations can apply through April 2 for up to $350,000 each to implement and evaluate direct-to-consumer telehealth technologies to increase access to health […]

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CMS releases audit results for off-campus outpatient department ‘mid-build’ exception to site-neutral policy

CMS releases audit results for off-campus outpatient department ‘mid-build’ exception to site-neutral policy tjordan_drupal Jan 20, 2021 Only 132 of the 334 off-campus provider-based hospital outpatient departments that requested a “mid-build” exception for Medicare to continue to pay them under the outpatient prospective payment system qualified for the exception, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

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