Proposed changes will impact hospitals, critical access hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) back in 2015 proposed changes to the Conditions of Participation (CoP) found in 42 CFR part 482. The rationale for the changes is provided in elegant detail…
“Ghost” guidance must be identified – even on government sites. Using the Internet is often a risky business. Phishing attacks or hacking may immediately come to mind, but there are other perils associated with being online. One often overlooked peril is outdated information.  Internet research, while certainly a blessing, can…
National Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative announced for rural healthcare. We all know that rural healthcare desperately needs pediatricians and pediatric services, so an opportunity currently exists to champion high-quality care for rural children. What is that opportunity? The Emergency Medical Services for Children Program at HRSA has extended the deadline…
EDITOR’S NOTE: National Quality Forum (NQF) issued two new reports this week that provide guidance to advance health information technology, with the intent of making healthcare more effective and safer for all Americans. The terms “telemedicine” and “telehealth” have been used interchangeably in healthcare, but there is a difference. Telemedicine…
There are plenty of success stories quietly and seamlessly happening in rural communities across the nation from building better margins, developing more services, and adding more collaborations and technology— all in the name of keeping high-quality services accessible near home.  With that, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently…