Author: Susan Sumrell

Health Center Regulatory Issues

Important Webinar for Providers Who Prescribe to Patients 65 and Older

  CMS is holding a webinar on the requirement for all Medicare Part D prescirbers to be enrolled in Medicare by JUne 1, 2016.  Please see the message from CMS below. Previously, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that prescribers of Part D drugs need to be enrolled in Medicare by June 1, …

Health Center State Policy

Emerging Issues for Health Centers in State Telehealth Policy

By Heidi Emerson Although telehealth is not a new concept, new technologies, greater comfort with technology, and changing payment models are driving increasing use by patients and providers. As a result, there has been new activity and interest in supporting the use of telehealth to expand access and improve care at health centers: In a …

Health Center News

Research Department: A Year In Review

  The NACHC Research Department has had another busy and productive year! Here is a quick recap of just some of the research- and data-driven resources we have put together, as well as some exciting projects we have been working on: The Role of Community Health Centers in Lowering Preventable Emergency Department Use This fact …

Health Center Regulatory Issues

Regulatory Affairs: A Year in Review

NACHC’s Regulatory Affairs Department has seen a lot of action over the last year, with many important regulations and guidances released and the addition of new staff.  Below are some of our highlights from 2015: We welcomed a new Director of Regulatory Affairs! As many of you know, Roger Schwartz, the former Director of the …

Health Center State Policy

Positive Outcomes for Medicaid Expansion Demonstration in Cleveland

By Kersten Lausch Research demonstrating the value of Medicaid expansion continues to grow. The following is an overview of a recent study that examined how the MetroHealth Care Plus program in Cuyahoga County, Ohio impacted patient care. [Note: Unfortunately, access to the full text of Cebul et al.’s article in Health Affairs requires paid subscription or …

Health Center News

Health Affairs’ July Issue Commemorating 50 Years of Medicaid Highlights Significant Role Played by Health Centers

By Tracy Sexton July’s Health Affairs issue is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Medicaid. Unsurprisingly, several articles within this issue feature the substantial role played by health centers, another program celebrating 50 years of service, in providing care to a significant portion of the Medicaid population. In Shin and colleagues’ article discussing the interdependence …

Health Center Regulatory Issues

What We Are Reviewing This Week

We wanted to let you know about several rules that NACHC is currently reviewing with upcoming comment deadlines.  Please be on the lookout for more information on our draft comments as the comment deadlines approach. Recently Submitted Comments: Department of Veterans’ Affairs Interim Final Rule on 40 mile driving distance calculation – NACHC comments CMS’ Proposed Rule on Stage …

Health Center Regulatory Issues

CMS Releases Final Rule on Accountable Care Organizations

Last week CMS issued its final rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Accountable Organizations (ACOs).  This rule encompasses a number of important changes for the Medicare ACO program, which you can read about in the final rule and fact sheet.   While we are still going through the rule more thoroughly, we wanted to …

Health Center Regulatory Issues

Regulations NACHC is Currently Reviewing

We wanted to let you know about several rules that NACHC is currently reviewing with upcoming comment deadlines.  Please be on the lookout for more information on our draft comments as the comment deadlines approach. Recently Submitted Comments: Department of Justice proposed rule on FTCA de-deeming – NACHC submitted comments Currently Reviewing and Drafting Comments …