Flex Monitoring Team Launches New Website, Communications Services

<p>The Flex Monitoring Team has launched a new website at <a href="http://fmtumn.wpengine.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">flexmonitoring.org</span></a>, offering quick and easy access to their entire collection of resources aimed at improving the accessibility, viability, and quality of health care for rural residents and communities.   </p>

Pink Offers Guidance for CAH Policy Changes

<p>Dec 13, 2013 -- NRHA Today article tells of a series of three briefs, authored by 2013 NRHA Outstanding Researcher award winner <a href="http://fmtumn.wpengine.com/about/staff/#staff-145&quot; target="_blank">George Pink, Ph.D</a>., that provide information for policymakers and stakeholders as policy changes for critical access hospitals (CAHs) are considered relating to potential increases in beneficiary travel distance if financially-vulnerable CAHs close; the projected financi

How Does Stage 2 Meaningful Use Challenge Rural Providers?

<p>Dec 10, 2013 -- <a href="http://ehrintelligence.com/2013/12/09/how-does-stage-2-meaningful-use-c… Intelligence article</a> reports that even with the proposed extension of the timeline for eligible professionals and hospitals to complete Stage 2 Meaningful Use and begin Stage 3, eligible providers still face the challenge of meeting the thresholds for patient engagement required by next phases of the EHR Incentive Programs.

Federal Register Notice: CMS Outpatient Quality Reporting and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Programs

<p>Dec 10, 2013 -- <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/12/10/2013-28737/medicare… in the Federal Register</a>:  This final rule with comment period from CMS revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2014.