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News - NHA member survey: health care business insights

NHA member survey: health care business insights

January 17, 2022

We invite you to participate in Lutz’s healthcare business insights survey.

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News - US Supreme Court allows CMS vaccine mandate to go into effect, but blocks OSHA vaccine-or-test mandate

US Supreme Court allows CMS vaccine mandate to go into effect, but blocks OSHA vaccine-or-test mandate

January 17, 2022

Consistent with predictions following the oral argument, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 opinion allowed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services vaccine mandate for health care workers to go into effect, but blocked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate by a 6-3 vote.

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News - Nebraska Medicaid seeks community feedback on programs

Nebraska Medicaid seeks community feedback on programs

January 17, 2022

Lincoln – Kevin Bagley, Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care (MLTC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced a statewide listening tour for Medicaid's managed care program.

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News - NHA launches new podcast

NHA launches new podcast

January 7, 2022

The Health of Our Hospitals, a new podcast produced by the NHA, will give listeners an inside look at the trends we are seeing in hospitals and health care in Nebraska, the Midwest, and across the country. We will talk to hospitals leaders and health care innovators shaping the future of the health care we will receive. We will also be joined by public officials and health policy leaders to talk about pending matters in the Nebraska Unicameral and on Capitol Hill.

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News - CMS releases new guidance on No Surprises Act requirements

CMS releases new guidance on No Surprises Act requirements

January 7, 2022

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, facilities and providers must adhere to several new policies required by the No Surprises Act. Specifically, facilities and providers will not be permitted to balance bill patients in certain out-of-network scenarios unless certain conditions are met, they must provide uninsured and self-pay patients with good faith estimates for most scheduled services (or upon request), and they must provide patients with disclosures of their new rights.

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News - Some hospitals pushing medical-grade masks over cloth coverings as omicron spreads

Some hospitals pushing medical-grade masks over cloth coverings as omicron spreads

January 6, 2022

Citing community transmission and record high cases of COVID-19 as the omicron variant spreads, U.S. hospitals and health systems are urging patients and visitors to opt for medical-grade face masks instead of cloth versions.

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News - $9 billion in provider relief funds released to support health care providers

$9 billion in provider relief funds released to support health care providers

January 6, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the distribution of approximately $9 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments to health care providers who have experienced revenue losses and expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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News - Telehealth restrictions across the US: How each state measures up

Telehealth restrictions across the US: How each state measures up

January 6, 2022

Laws determining telehealth access vary widely across the 50 states, according to a report released Jan. 5 by Reason Foundation, Cicero Institute and Pioneer Institute. The report rates each state's telehealth laws for patient access and ease of providing virtual care, using eight key factors. Here is a breakdown of the findings, organized by each factor the report examined.

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News - Patients still approve of telehealth, but its popularity has waned, survey finds

Patients still approve of telehealth, but its popularity has waned, survey finds

December 20, 2021

As the pandemic evolved, consumers began to view telehealth as an alternative to in-person care rather than a necessary replacement.

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News - Exciting new funding opportunity for CAH and RHC

Exciting new funding opportunity for CAH and RHC

December 20, 2021

The Nebraska Office of Rural Health is administering a new CDC grant to address health disparities; in rural communities awarded to DHHS. All Nebraska Critical Access Hospitals qualify for a $100,000 sub-award and all Rural Health Clinics for a $50,000 sub-award under this grant. A new individual from DHHS has been designated to assist you with completing the necessary application and information throughout the grant period.

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