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The Senate, on a 51 to 49 vote, passed its tax reform bill in the early hours of Saturday, December 2, containing numerous provisions impacting health care.  Click here for the 479-page Senate tax bill (last minute floor amendments are not included). Click here for a Washington Post summary of some of the health...

The Rural Health Information Hub, RHIHub, has released an updated analysis on health disparities and best practices for providing health services in rural America. The report compiles data from federal and private partners working to help understand and reduce health disparities. Comparing metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties, RHIHub has found that nonmetropolitan counties...

Modern Healthcare reports the House Ways and Means Committee is far from an agreement on the Medicare extenders package they once hoped to pass before the Thanksgiving holiday. The current proposal would be detrimental to rural health providers. "Rural hospitals are worried Congress' delay in funding now-expired Medicare extenders will throw...

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs is considering legislation to overhaul and make permanent the Veterans Choice program while taking into consideration criticisms expressed by both veterans and providers of the program. Streamlining the administrative processes and adding more providers into the regional networks is crucial to ensuring the program’s...

  The Health Resources Services Administration announced nearly $282 million in awards to primary health care clinicians and students through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs. Applications for the grant are due by December 6.    ...

  Critical Access Hospitals interested in submitting a hardship exception application must return the application to CMS by the end of November. The application can be submitted electronically or postmarked by November 30, 2017 in order to avoid the 2016 payment adjustment based on the 2016 reporting year. Read CMS' tip sheet here...

  Debates on the federal level about health care legislation place rural health care in jeopardy. Most of the Republican replacement proposals for Obamacare envisioned reduced or capped Medicaid spending at the federal level, which most analysts say would hit rural hospitals hard. However, “we’re not breathing a sigh of relief — we’re...

  The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Chaired by Governor Chris Christie, released their final recommendations and report to the President. The report includes 56 recommendations, and main recommendations include a national media campaign on the impacts of opioids and reduction of the stigma around opioid addiction. Read the...

A new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Coquille Valley Hospital of Coquille, Oregan, expressed that after years of working in larger hospitals, she was drawn back to the family community of a smaller, critical access hospital. “People get the impression that you’re in a critical access hospital, because...