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Critical Access Hospitals Successfully Stop Cuts to Swing Bed Reimbursement

Efforts by the CAH Coalition to stop the proposed cuts to swing-bed reimbursement rates were successful as Congress passed their new budget on February 9th. This budget included the much-anticipated Medicare Extenders package. The original Medicare Extenders proposal from House Ways and Means originally included cuts...

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HRSA Report Examines Social Determinants of Health Unique to Rural America

February 19, 2018

A report published by HRSA’s National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services found four key social determinants unique to rural areas; geography, income, education, and transportation. As health care continues to shift from volume to value, developing and implementing partnerships to address the...

Cost Has Driven Inpatient Surgery from Hospitals

February 16, 2018

Standalone surgery centers have increased in popularity in the past two years as payors find significant cost savings. CMS has continually approved additional procedures for these facilities, and physicians have also shown support for the push toward ambulatory centers.

Anthem Adapts Controversial ED Policy

February 15, 2018

Anthem’s controversial ED policy has seen some changes after facing pushback from Senators, healthcare providers, and patients. “Some of those exceptions include when a patient is directed by a healthcare provider to go to the ER; the patient is under 15 years old; the patient...

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January 2018 Newsletter

Inside the January 2018 issue of The Pulse, read about recent updates in federal healthcare policy impacting Critical Access Hospitals, share your stories with the CAH Coalition, and a message from our Spotlight Author Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ).