HHS Revises Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Oct. 22 issued a revision to its reporting requirements for providers that received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. The notice includes revised data elements that recipients must submit for calendar years 2019 and 2020. Specifically, recipients will report their use of PRF payments by submitting the following information:

Posted 10/23/20 (Fri) read more »

New Suicide Hotline Number to Change in Summer of 2022

President Donald Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which would create a new universal suicide prevention phone number. Health experts have complained the current hotline is too long and not memorable, leaving many without easy access to help.

Posted 10/20/20 (Tue) read more »

ND Medicaid Expands Coverage for Behavioral Health Services

For dates of service on or after October 1, 2020, North Dakota Medicaid is

Posted 10/06/20 (Tue) read more »

State of ND Loan Repayment Options

The North Dakota Primary Care Office (PCO), in partnership with The Center for Rural Health (CRH) and 3rnet.org, have created a white board video to promote the various loan repayment options in the state of ND.

Posted 9/23/20 (Wed) read more »

CMS Issued Final Rule for Acute Care and Long Term Care Hospitals

On September 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for acute care and long term care hospitals.

Posted 9/17/20 (Thu) read more »

Rural Crosswalk: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a summary of all current COVID-19-related waivers and flexibilities. providers and facilities.

Posted 9/17/20 (Thu) read more »

Rural Action Plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Rural Action Plan on September 3. The Rural Action Plan, the first HHS-wide assessment of rural healthcare efforts in more than 18 years and developed with input from HHS’s Rural Task Force.

Posted 9/17/20 (Thu) read more »

The CDC has selected North Dakota

The CDC has selected North Dakota as one of four states to be part of a pilot project to plan for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. This is not a vaccine trial.

Posted 8/12/20 (Wed) read more »

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 »