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(TIPS & TECHNIQUES) Rural Assistance Center Answers FAQs
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) established the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) eight years ago as a clearinghouse for information on rural health services. RAC helps rural hospitals, community health centers and others improve the access, quality and financial viability of health an...
posted 9/10/10 1:38 PM read complete story
(PREVENTION) Study: School Health Centers Instill Good Habits
A spokesperson for the U.S. Health Resources & Services Admin. (HRSA) tells CHF that his agency plans to release a rewritten funding opportunity announcement for school-based health centers in September. Findings of a new study show such federal financial support for these centers is going to be...
posted 8/5/10 11:51 AM read complete story
(FUNDRAISING) Social Services Giving Increases Despite Economy
Despite a weak economy, the annual "Giving USA" report finds philanthropic contributions increased in 2009 for nonprofits providing services including healthcare to those most in need. Patrick Rooney, executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana U., which conducted the "Giving USA"re...
posted 6/11/10 2:15 PM read complete story
(HEALTH REFORM) Analysis Projects Jump in Medicaid Coverage
Under health reform, the number of people covered by Medicaid will increase significantly while the number of uninsured will decrease, says a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. The report says the federal government will pick up much of the cost....
posted 6/3/10 09:06 AM read complete story
(MEDICARE/MEDICAID) CMS Posts Consumer Brochure
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posts on its website a new brochure, "Closing the Prescription Drug Coverage Gap," which describes the tax-free, one-time check for $250 for people who enter the Part D donut hole and are not eligible for Medicare Extra Help. The first checks will be ...
posted 5/28/10 12:25 PM read complete story
(SUBSTANCE ABUSE) SAMHSA Releases Study on Holiday Drinking
A new study by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin. says underage drinking-related daily visits to hospital emergency departments are 11% higher during the Memorial Day weekend than average. On an average day there are 519 hospital emergency department visits involving underage al...
posted 5/28/10 12:23 PM read complete story
(HEALTH REFORM) Study Shows Limits of High-Risk Pool Program
Up to 7 million Americans who are uninsured because of pre-existing medical conditions may qualify for health coverage through the new temporary national high-risk pool program of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, according to an analysis from the Nat'l. Institute for Hea...
posted 5/27/10 2:42 PM read complete story
(HOSPITALS) Patients Face Revolving Door
Roughly one-quarter of all hospital patients were readmitted for the same conditions that prompted their initial hospitalization over a two-year period, according to the latest data from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ). According to the AHRQ's analysis of data gleaned from ...
posted 5/27/10 2:39 PM read complete story
(REPORT) Foundation Sees Consumer Healthcare Confidence Rising
After two consecutive months of declining confidence, Americans' confidence in their health insurance coverage and ability to access healthcare increased in April. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Care Consumer Confidence Index increased from 97.4 points in March to 101.9 in April, marking ...
posted 5/26/10 3:26 PM read complete story
(RURAL HEALTH) Drug Company Funds IN Conference June 15-16
Funded in part by Lilly USA, the Indiana Rural Health Assn.'s 13th Annual Rural Health Conference is set for June 15-16 in Indianapolis. The conference brings together physicians, nurses, pharmacists, public health professionals and other rural health practitioners and advocates with residents of ru...
posted 5/25/10 3:35 PM read complete story
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