Apr 20th, 2017
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) extended the Medicare-dependent, Small Rural Hospital (MDH) program, but like previous statutes before it, only temporarily. Beginning Oct. 1, 2017, the MDH program will no longer be in effect. The Effect on Hospitals The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) explains in the 2018 ...
Feb 3rd, 2014
President Obama signed into law on Dec. 26, 2013 the Pathway for SGR [Sustainable Growth Rate] Reform Act of 2013 (H.J. Res. 59), narrowly preventing a scheduled Medicare payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners from taking effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The new law extends several provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job ...
Rural health care providers looking for financial assistance to help with the expense of purchasing health information technology (IT) may have another resource to tap. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Rural Health IT Task Force and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) linking rural hospitals ...
In Billing
May 13th, 2011
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced May 5 that it will provide as many as 40 grants totaling $12 million to help rural health care providers achieve meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). These grants will be distributed through the Rural Health Information Technology Network Development (RHITND) Program. HRSA Offers Grants to ...
In CMS
May 28th, 2010
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, or health reform law, extends a number of provisions that expired Dec. 31, 2009. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released instructions to its contractors to implement three health reform law provisions that will have ambulance providers breathing a sigh of relief. CMS ...