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Congressional Committees Advance Dueling Telehealth Bills
RHC Telehealth Reimbursement Policy Remains Uncertain

6/18/2024

Jeffrey Burke, Deputy Director of Government Affairs, NARHC

As Congress approaches the December 31st deadline to extend Medicare telehealth flexibilities, key committees in Congress have advanced differing pieces of legislation that will dictate federal telehealth policy in the years ahead.

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HHS Finalizes Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Rule
“Covered Entities” Include all RHCs

5/15/2024

NARHC Washington DC

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a final rule regarding section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), titled Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities.

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VA Harnesses Telehealth and Virtual Tools To Deliver High-Quality Health Care to Rural Veterans

5/13/2024

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Connected Care

More than 4.4 million Veterans in the United States reside in rural areas. That is almost one- quarter of the nation’s Veteran population. Veterans in rural areas often face unique health care challenges not shared by their suburban and urban counterparts. For example,

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CMS Releases Two Finalized Medicaid Access Rules
CMS to Require States to Publish FFS Medicaid Payment Rates and Assess MCO Network Adequacy

5/8/2024

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs

Continuing the busy regulatory season, CMS released two substantial Medicaid rules, Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services and Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Managed Care Access, Finance, and Quality, intended to advance access to care and quality of care for both Medicaid fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care patients.

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Survey Emphasizes Scale and Significance of the RHC Program
RHCs Provide Services for Over 62% of Rural America

4/25/2024

Vencetia Flournoy

According to a 2024 Policy Survey conducted by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) serve over 62% of rural Americans. “We are deeply appreciative of the responsiveness from RHCs across the country” said Sarah Hohman, NARHC’s Director of Government Affairs. “Their feedback and data are critical to the future of NARHC and the RHC program as we work to understand and represent the experiences and priorities of the 5,400+ RHCs.”

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Telehealth Policy and Politics Update
Join NARHC’s Advocacy Efforts to Protect and Expand Telehealth for RHCs!

4/18/2024

Jeffrey Burke, Deputy Director of Government Affairs, NARHC

NARHC recently launched a new campaign to help members of the RHC community advocate on the importance of telehealth.

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Make Your Voice Heard – Medicare Advantage Request for Information

4/15/2024

Sarah Hohman, Director of Government Affairs, NARHC & Jeffrey Burke, Deputy Director of Government Affairs, NARHC

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments on Medicare Advantage (MA) data. This is an opportunity for RHCs to weigh in on issues surrounding MA, including shortcomings in existing data and areas where new data collection and publication would be helpful.

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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 12:00:00 PM

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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