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National Emergency Preparedness Requirements Includes Rural Health Clinics

On September 16th 2016, CMS released a final rule which established national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers to prepare and plan for disasters. CMS's goal is to ensure that the providers and suppliers are prepared during emergencies and disasters. CMS found that previous requirements did "not go far enough" to guarantee the safety of patients during emergencies. Read more »

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PPACA Repeal Threatens Prevention and Public Health Fund for Rural Health

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) established the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), and by law, the Fund must be used to provide for expanded and sustained national investment in preventative public health programs to improve health, enhance healthcare quality, and help restrain the rate of growth in private and public healthcare costs. Read more »

Webinar: Rural Health Learning Collaborative – Getting to Know Your Rural and Public Health Partners: February 29, 2016

DATE: Monday, February 29th, 2016
TIME: 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Intended Audience: SORH and Other Interested Partners
WHAT: Participants will be able to:

  • Learn about the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) activities and programs
  • Hear about how FORHP can enhance its efforts in serving rural communities
  • Identify reports, research, and program models to support the implementation and development of healthcare programs and services in rural communities

Webinar on Missouri EHR Incentive Program: March 3, 2016

Diana Jones, Deputy Director of Health Information Systems with MO HealthNet, will review Program Year 2015 changes and required documentation, including:

  • Medicaid Patient Volume Report
  • Contract for Certified EHR System
  • Meaningful Use Summary Report
  • Security Risk Analysis Questionnaire
  • "Active Engagement" for Public Health Reporting
  • Attestation Agreement with Signature
  • Electronic Payment Information

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Read more »

Hardship Exemption from 2015 Meaningful Use Penalties

The Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), will grant eligible professionals and hospitals "flexibility in applying the hardship exception for meaningful use for the 2015 EHR reporting period for 2017 payment adjustments."

The legislation will create a blanket hardship exemption from 2015 meaningful use penalties, which would have been assessed in 2017. Eligible professionals will have until March 15 to apply for an exemption, and eligible hospitals will have until April 1.

CMS currently issues exemptions on a case-by-case basis. Read more »

EHR Success Stories

Here's a recap of some of the highlights in 2015! Read a holiday message from MU Health CEO & COO Mitch Wasden:

The devastating tornado that swept through Joplin, Missouri on May 22 completely destroyed a number of physician offices, including that of Tracy Godfrey, MD, a Family Practitioner with the Family Health Center of Joplin. But thanks to electronic health records, Godfrey had access to all of her patients' information, and in less than three days after the catastrophe, the practice was able to reopen its doors at a temporary location. More EHR Success Stories