EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on the state of rural healthcare in America. In part two, the author will report on the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, a new initiative by CMS being developed through the CMS Innovation Center and the State of Pennsylvania. The first month of 2017 is midway through, and change is happening rapidly. A new presidential administration is soon to take office, its …Read more
Because the healthcare world is so highly regulated, assertions that you “must” or “can’t” perform a particular action are common. Because the penalties for legal violations are so draconian, there is a strong incentive to heed these warnings. But sometimes the warnings mischaracterize the law. It may be that a well-intentioned employee wants to be sure that the organization isn’t even close to violating the law. Sometimes the motivation is less …Read more
With more and more health information being stored and transmitted electronically, the demand for easier access to protected health information (PHI) has grown dramatically of late. At the same time, the need to protect that PHI from compromise and breach has also increased. A recent MRO white paper explored the latest regulatory initiatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), including the HIPAA …Read more
We know all about the past and present of rural healthcare, but what about future prospects, conditions, and opportunities? Over the next few RACmonitor e-news publications, we will unbundle a snapshot of what a Donald Trump presidency and GOP-controlled Capitol Hill might look like. In the first edition in the series, we will take a brief walk down the painful...Read more
In its Dec. 9, 2016 report, “Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare's Two-Midnight Hospital Policy,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) compared hospital admission data from fiscal years 2013 and 2014, the years before and after implementation of the controversial policy. The OIG based its comments about appropriateness of admission solely on information on the...Read more
No time to rest! We face unprecedented changes, transitions, and opportunities in the world of rural healthcare, ranging from a new administration to new healthcare focuses regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While President Obama worked hard to bolster legacy support of his noble cause, the flagship legislation that is the PPACA, Republicans, who now control two of...Read more
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