October 21, 2014
Hot Off the Presses
1. On October 8, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report examining Medicare beneficiaries’ payments for outpatient services at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The report found that Medicare beneficiaries paid more in required coinsurance** at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) than they would have if they received the same services at a prospective payment system (PPS) hospital, because cost sharing calculations are different in the two settings. As noted in some of the media coverage of the report, many people have Medicare supplemental insurance policies that cover the coinsurance, so many beneficiaries are not paying the higher cost sharing directly. For specific services investigated, beneficiary cost sharing averaged 2 to 6 times more at CAHs than at PPS hospitals. Since the method for calculating outpatient coinsurance at CAHs (20 percent of charges) is set by statute, it would require Congress to change the law to change the amount of cost sharing paid by beneficiaries. Additionally, any reduction in beneficiary payments due to lower beneficiary cost sharing would require an increase in Medicare payments to CAHs so that they continue to receive a total payment of 101 percent of costs (the sum of the Medicare payment and the cost sharing).
NEW! Register for the 7th Annual Rural Health Conference.
September 8, 2014
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce that the FY15 Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program funding opportunity announcement (announcement number: HRSA-15-039) is now available. To access the application package and learn more about the funding opportunity announcement, please click on: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=264030 (look under ‘application package’ tab)
August 25, 2014
7th Annual Missouri Rural Health Conference, Wednesday November 19, 2014
Registration opens September 15th.
August 18, 2014
Hot Off the Presses
1. On Friday, September 19th, 2014 from 2-3 PM ET, Mark Holmes, PhD and George H. Pink, PhD from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center will host a webinar entitled “Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement.” Information and registration for the webinar is available at: http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/webinars/critical-access-hospitals. The webinar will focus on the financial distress of Critical Access Hospitals, and will present summaries of three recent reports:
July 22, 2014
Hot Off the Presses
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the White House Rural Council today announced the award of eight grants, totaling $815,051.50, which will improve access to health care for Veterans living in highly rural areas. The grants will assist over 11,000 Veterans in 7 states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. The grants are part of a program authorized by Congress to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. If you want to reach out to a grantee in your area, the list of grantees is as follows:
July 1, 2014
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Building a Community Based System of Support. I am attaching the flyer for the conference scheduled for August 1st, in Columbia.
This is a one day conference for anyone who provides services or comes in contact with pregnant and post partum mothers. The purpose is to increase the awareness and the recognition of post partum depression (and other disorders) and to begin a discussion about how to address the issue of health and support services for these mothers in our local communities.
The attached flyer lists the registration cost ($30) and provides the link to the March of Dimes website for registering online.
For your convenience the link to registration is: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/perinatal-mood-anxiety-disorders-building-a-community-based-system-of-support-registration-11700036123?aff=rss
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Building a Community Based System of Support
Friday, August 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn — Columbia, Missouri