Author: Emma Lange

The College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota has announced a new initiative to aid in preparing rural veterans for nursing careers. "The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) awarded nearly $1 million to St. Scholastica to train veterans from rural areas who are interested...

The Senate approved the bipartisan VA MISSION Act which extends funding for the Veterans Choice Program. The Choice program funding is a temporary extension as other provisions in the bill are implemented for a bolstered care in the community experience. The Choice program has been plagued by administrative issues in...

The May 2018 issue of The Pulse details FCC and CMS policy changes putting CAHs in distress and the big bills Congress is pushing before summer. Carmen Oguz of North Sunflower Medical Center discusses misconceptions about CAHs.   ...

The House Veterans Affairs Committee proposed new, bipartisan legislation to extend funding for the Veterans Choice program for an additional year while the VA implements wide-ranging reforms to the healthcare collaborations in communities. The MISSION Act was spearheaded by House VA Committee Chairman Phil Roe and represents a collaborative, bipartisan process...

The Harkin Institute at Drake University released their first annual Harkin on Wellness Report. The report highlights the work of top wellness and nutrition initiatives across the country in order for other communities, leaders, and health providers can learn from the successes of others. Many of the featured organizations use...

CMS announced an interim final rule entitled, "Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates to Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas" this week. Follow the link below to read more and view a chart showcasing the new rural rates for Durable Medical...

CMS announced their new initiative on rural health today. "CMS is taking measureable steps toward improving access to health care for rural populations, including forming a council of experts tasked with addressing rural health issues, engaging stakeholders in rural communities, and partnering with health organizations to raise awareness." Check out their website...

Ransomware attacks continue to plague hospitals, particularly critical access hospitals where excess money and time to treat and prevent such attacks is scarce. The Texas Hospital Association is working extensively with their member hospitals to thoroughly prepare their systems and staff for cybersecurity threats. ...

The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center released their new report on Medicaid Managed Care and rural America. "Nearly all states use managed care organizations (MCOs) to control costs and improve delivery of care for Medicaid beneficiaries. Making beneficiary enrollment in managed care mandatory, rather than optional, requires a waiver from...

The CARE Act is currently under consideration in the House and needs your support! Has your Member of Congress signed on to co-sponsor the Critical Access and Rural Equity (CARE) Act? Click here to find out. If your Member has not yet signed on to co-sponsor the CARE Act, contact your Member...