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NARHC Elevates CPT Category II Code Issue with Advocacy to the CMS Administrator

4/8/2024

NARHC Elevates CPT Category II Code Issue with Advocacy to the CMS Administrator

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CMS Releases New RHC Fact Sheet
Clarifies G0511 Add-On Code Policy

3/7/2024

CMS recently released an updated MLN06398, Information for Rural Health Clinics, updating several sections of the fact sheet to reflect policies finalized in 2024 rules.

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Register for the 2024 Policy Summit!

2/16/2024

This summer, we will be hosting a Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.!

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NARHC Selects 2024 Bill Finerfrock Health Policy Fellow

2/15/2024

Levi Baysinger, Greene County General Hospital, Linton, Indiana

I want to take a moment to tell you a bit about myself and explain why I am thrilled to participate in the Bill Finerfrock Health Policy Fellowship.

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CMS Takes Positive Step Forward in Addressing Prior Authorization Wait Times and Denials

1/25/2024 10:00:00 AM

Vencetia Flournoy, NARHC Intern and Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

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HRSA RHC COVID-19 Testing Supply Program
Enrollment Scheduled to Close in Early 2024

12/8/2023

We wanted to share with you a few important updates regarding the HRSA RHC COVID-19 Testing Supply Program. All RHCs that are not yet enrolled in the program, but wish to order these supplies in the future, are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible. HRSA will stop accepting new enrollments in this program in early 2024. To enroll, please:

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Register Now!
NARHC Washington, D.C. Policy Summit June 25-26, 2024

11/9/2023

NARHC is thrilled to announce that it will be hosting a Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in summer 2024!

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CMS Finalizes 2024 Regulatory Updates
Provides MHC and MFT Coverage Details, Adds Remote Patient Monitoring and other services to G0511, Among Other Key Provisions for RHCs

11/7/2023

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

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RHC Opportunities in the Inflation Reduction Act

10/31/2023 11:00:00 AM

Olivia Persinger, NARHC Intern

Have you considered buying an electric vehicle for your rural health clinic (RHC)? Do you have a sunny spot ripe for solar panels? If so, consider taking advantage of the benefits within the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). Signed into law in August of 2022 by President Biden

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Empowering Your Patients: Resources for Medicare Open Enrollment Available Now!

10/26/2023 11:00:00 AM

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs & Olivia Persinger, Intern

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NARHC/NRHA Joint Statement on Primary Care Funding Legislation

9/18/2023 6:00:00 AM

Nathan Baugh, Executive Director

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New Research Shows RHC Program Continues to Grow

9/11/2023 8:00:00 AM

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

The National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD), working together with the NARHC Research and Education Foundation (REF), recently completed research on the market health of the Rural Health Clinics (RHC) program. This research was designed to give policymakers and the rural health community a more detailed picture of trends occurring in the RHC program across the United States. You can find the full NCAHD research and methodology report here.

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House Ways and Means Committee Seeks Information on Addressing Access to Care in Rural and Underserved Communities

9/8/2023 11:00:00 AM

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) released a Request for Information (RFI) on addressing access to health care challenges in rural, underserved communities.

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CY24 CMS Proposed Rules Summary for RHCs
Provides MHC and MFT Coverage Details, Adds Remote Patient Monitoring and other services to G0511, Among Other Key Provisions for RHCs

8/4/2023 8:00:00 AM

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

On July 13th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the CY 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule, as well as the 2024 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective System (HOPPS) Proposed Rule. This year’s 2,033 page and 963 page rules, respectively, contain several Rural Health Clinic (RHC) specific policy proposals, as well as other provisions with implications for the RHC community.

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New Details on Medicare Coverage of Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors in RHCs
Beginning January 1, 2024

8/4/2023

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

The CY 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule implements provisions from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 passed by Congress in December, including allowing RHCs to bill for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and Mental Health Counselors (MHCs) beginning January 1, 2024.

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Details Proposed
New Treatment Category Billable in RHCs Beginning January 1, 2024

8/4/2023

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

The CY 2024 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) Proposed Rule implements provisions from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 passed by Congress in December regarding the new treatment category “Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)” services.

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2024 MPFS Proposes Expansion of Services Billable as G0511
RHCs Eligible for Remote Patient Monitoring and Other Care Management Reimbursement

8/4/2023

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

The CY 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule vastly expanded the care management related services billable in RHCs under the general care management code of G0511, beginning January 1, 2024.

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Proposed Change to the RHC Nurse Practitioner Definition and Implementation of Various Telehealth Provisions

8/4/2023

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

Additional provisions included in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) CY 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule relevant to RHCs includes a proposed change to the definition of a Nurse Practitioner certified for practice in a RHC, as well the implementation of various telehealth policies passed by Congress.

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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Report Recommends Continuation of RHC Telehealth Special Payment Rule
NARHC Disagrees with Recommendations

7/10/2023

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

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NARHC Members Visit Washington D.C.!

7/5/2023

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

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