White House Releases Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access

The White House on Aug. 3 issued an executive order on “improving rural health and telehealth access.” The order includes directives to: launch a new payment model for rural health care; develop and implement a strategy to improve rural health care infrastructure; create a report describing policy initiatives to improve rural health; and propose regulation that would extend certain telehealth flexibilities. Highlights of the executive order follow....

Posted 8/04/20 (Tue) read more »

Trial Court Rules CMS Has Authority to Issue Price Transparency Rule

Posted 6/24/20 (Wed) read more »

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health to Provide Free COVID-19 Testing

Starting Monday, June 22, 2020, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health will be offering COVID-19 testing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health parking lot at 500 E Front Avenue. Testing will be done via walk-up/drive-up on a first come, first served basis. Staff will be operating out of a trailer provided by the North Dakota Department of Health. Testing will be open to anyone wanting a COVID-19 test. No appointments necessary.

Posted 6/18/20 (Thu) read more »

ND Health Alert

The State of North Dakota's releases Hospital Surge Plan and Vulnerable Population Protection Plan

Posted 5/07/20 (Thu) read more »

ND Health Alert - Discontinuation of Isolations for COVID-19

Based on the evolving information about COVID-19 infectiousness, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is updating guidance on discontinuation of isolation across healthcare and non-healthcare settings.

Posted 5/06/20 (Wed) read more »

CMS Releases Additional COVID-19 Emergency Waivers for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released yesterday a number of new waivers related to COVID-19. The waivers apply nationwide and are generally retroactive to March 1, 2020. They include waivers ...

Posted 5/01/20 (Fri) read more »

CMS Frequently Asked Questions on EMTALA

CMS recently issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarifying requirements for hospitals related to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQs address questions such as patient presentation to an emergency department, EMTALA applicability across facility types, qualified medical professionals, medical screening exams, patient transfer and stabilization, telehealth, and other topics.

Posted 5/01/20 (Fri) read more »

Optimizing the State's Supply of N95 Respirators

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, increased demand of N95 respirators to protect workers warranted the development of a strategic plan on how to most effectively use the the state's existing inventory.

Posted 4/21/20 (Tue) read more »

Governor's Executive Order 2020-28

Executive order allows changes to maintain critical services for vulnerable youths in psychiatric treatment facilities and qualified treatment programs throughout this COVID-19 emergency.

Posted 4/15/20 (Wed) read more »

CDC Udates COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its infection prevention and control recommendations for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in health care settings.

Posted 4/15/20 (Wed) read more »