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Significant Mental Health Legislation Advances within House

9/23/2022 12:00:00 PM

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

The House Ways and Means Committee marked up several bipartisan mental health bills this week and advanced the legislative package to the full House of Representatives.

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House Passes Bipartisan Telehealth Policy Extension for Two Years
Seeks to Continue RHC Telehealth Reimbursement Under Special Payment Rule

8/1/2022 10:00:00 AM

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

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Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2023 Proposed Rule Summary

7/25/2022

Sarah Hohman, Deputy Director of Government Affairs

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2% Medicare Sequester Back in Full Effect July 1
Why does it feel like another Medicare cut is always looming?

7/12/2022 12:00:00 PM

Sarah Hohman, Deputy Director of Government Affairs

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$5 Million for RHC Behavioral Health Initiative Included in House Appropriations Report

6/29/2022 1:00:00 PM

Sarah Hohman, Deputy Director of Government Affairs

We are excited to share that the just-released House Committee on Appropriations report, which serves as an explanation of the appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, includes $5 million to support expanded access to behavioral health services at rural health clinics, as described in President Biden’s 2023 budget request.

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Important RHC Behavioral Health Provisions Proposed in President’s FY 2023 Budget

4/15/2022

Sarah Hohman, Deputy Director of Government Affairs

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Omnibus Extends Telehealth Beyond Public Health Emergency
G2025 Special Payment Rule for Telehealth Continues

3/27/2022 4:00:00 PM

Earlier this month, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 which funded the government for the rest of fiscal year 2022. This bill, also known as the “omnibus” was widely viewed as the last major legislative vehicle for health policy changes until after the mid-term elections.

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Supreme Court Upholds CMS Vaccine Mandate in All 50 States

1/13/2022 4:00:00 PM

Nathan Baugh, NARHC Director of Government Affairs

Today, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling to reinstate the CMS COVID Vaccine Mandate policy in all 50 states.

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Good Faith Estimate Details

12/21/2021 5:00:00 PM

Sarah Hohman, Deputy Director of Government Affairs

The Good Faith Estimate provision of the No Surprises Act will go into effect on January 1, 2022. NARHC hosted a webinar on December 14th outlining these new rules. Following the webinar we prepared a summary of the regulation and common questions. I encourage you to review the slides and recording here as well as this Q&A document.

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Free Over-The-Counter COVID Tests for RHCs - Order Now!

12/20/2021 10:00:00 AM

Nathan Baugh, Director of Government Affairs

In early December, the Biden Administration announced that they would be distributing Over-The-Counter COVID tests to certain health care facilities including Rural Health Clinics. Today, that program launches for all 5,000 rural health clinics nationwide. If you follow the steps below, and complete your order by Tuesday you should be able to get some tests from the first shipment!

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CMS Vaccine Mandate Rules Released

12/16/2021 10:00:00 AM

Nathan Baugh

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published their federal vaccine mandate interim final rule with comment period (IFC) on November 4th. CMS also published an FAQ covering the most important aspects of the rule.

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Biden Administration Announces Plans to Distribute Free At-Home COVID Testing Kits Through RHCs

12/2/2021 6:00:00 PM

Yesterday, the Biden Administration announced that they will be making 50 Million COVID-19 at-home testing kits available – free of charge – for distribution by Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers to the communities they serve.

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Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2022 Final Rule Summary

11/15/2021 4:00:00 PM

Sarah Hohman, Deputy Director of Government Affairs

Today, CMS released the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, finalizing or altering several key provisions originally proposed in July 2021.

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Applying for Phase 4 of the Provider Relief Fund and the ARP Rural Distribution
New Funding Opportunities for RHCs Available Now

10/5/2021

Sarah Hohman, NARHC Deputy Director of Government Affairs

On September 29, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened the applications for providers to apply for Phase 4 of the Provider Relief Fund as well as a rural specific allocation included in the American Rescue Plan.

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Clarification of COVID-19 Relief Funding Programs

9/9/2021

NARHC would like to provide some additional clarification on the differences between a variety of COVID-19 relief funding programs that RHCs received, to ensure that you are confident in your allowable uses and reporting requirements for each program. Please review the matrix below and see all of our continuously updated resources on https://www.narhc.org/narhc/COVID-191.asp.

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Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2022 Proposed Rule Summary
2022 MPFS: New RHC Telehealth and Grandfathering Policies

7/26/2021 10:00:00 AM

Nathan Baugh, NARHC Director of Government Affairs and Sarah Hohman, NARHC Government Affairs Associate

On July 13th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. This year’s rule includes several significant Rural Health Clinic (RHC) policy proposals in the 1,747-page document...

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RHCs Receive $100,000 for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Activities
Resources Available Now to Help You Best Use the Funding

7/8/2021 1:00:00 PM

Sarah Hohman, NARHC Government Affairs Associate

In early June, as a result of the American Rescue Plan, the federal government distributed $424.7 million to over 4,200 eligible RHCs as part of the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation (RHCCTM) Fund. In late summer, the federal government will provide an additional $35.3 million in funding to RHCs who did not receive the June allocation but have since become eligible...

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Provider Relief Fund Reporting Details Released
RHCs Must Use Most PRF Funds by June 30, 2021

6/21/2021 12:00:00 PM

Sarah Hohman, NARHC Government Affairs Associate

On June 11, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new guidance on the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) with the most detailed explanation of the reporting and auditing requirements to date...

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Coming Soon - New HHS Funding for Rural Health Clinics
Announcement from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

5/14/2021 11:38:00 AM

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding available for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to strengthen COVID-19 testing and mitigation and increase vaccine confidence.

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