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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'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 is traveling out of state; or...

A Critical Access Hospital in New Mexico spoke with Modern Healthcare about their experience with Medicare Advantage. Medicare Advantage has become more popular with Medicare patients but rural hospitals are struggling to receive the appropriate reimbursement rates. "Given our cash situation and our desire to get our past claims processed, we...

Efforts by the CAH Coalition to stop the proposed cuts to swing-bed reimbursement rates were successful as Congress passed their new budget, which included Medicare extenders, early this morning. The Medicare Extenders proposal from House Ways and Means originally included cuts to Critical Access Hospitals swing bed reimbursement rates, suggesting the...

Senate leaders agreed on a deal to fund the government for two more years, raise the debt limit, and delay fears of more government shutdowns. The deal was reached amongst Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer and adds four more years of funding to the CHIP program beyond the...

 On February 2nd, the CAH Coalition submitted comments on the Federal Communications Commission's proposal aiming to update their Rural Health Care program. The CAH Coalition asks the FCC  to include Critical Access Hospitals as a covered Health Care Provider eligible for the program and to index the funding cap to...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment which advises the HHS Secretary and CMS Administrator. "The Panel shall consist of a chair and up to 15 members who are full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other...

A reported 83 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and Becker's has broken those hospitals up by each of the 26 states. Many more hospitals are at risk of closure. The CAH Coalition advocates for policy that will strengthen rural hospitals across the United States. ...

Alabama Public Radio shares their research following findings that only half of rural hospitals have the ability to deliver babies. APR shares their story and the complicated issues facing Alabama's rural providers. ...