Monthly Archives: September 2014

DHHS announces several bats test positive for Rabies – Reminds Providers to caution patients to avoid bats and other wild animals

- The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reminds Nebraskans that bats are very active this time of year, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies increases. “Bats are a common carrier of rabies in Nebraska,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS.  “Several have tested positive for rabies over the last three months. People should be cautious around bats and other wild animals.”

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Earn Free CEs through The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s National Education Initiative: Primary Care for Older Adults (PCOA)

http://hartfordign.org/practice/pcoa 10,000 people are turning 65 today! More than one in eight Americans are 65 or older, and the number of Americans who will reach 65 over the next twenty years increased by 31% over the past decade. Our older population also reflects the country’s increasing diversity. Are you prepared to provide this growing population with the best possible care? NYU’s Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, in collaboration

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Oral Health Measures Endorsed by the National Quality Forum

The Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) is happy to announce that the National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed five DQA measures! Prevention: Dental Sealants for 6-9 Year Old Children at Elevated Caries Risk Prevention: Dental Sealants for 10-14 Year-Old Children at Elevated Caries Risk Utilization of Services: Dental Services Prevention: Topical Fluoride for Children at Elevated Caries Risk, Dental Services Oral Evaluation: Dental Services NQF endorsement

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Members Sought for Professional Boards by State Board of Health

The State Board of Health is seeking professional members to serve on several health care boards.  Professional boards are responsible for granting license privileges to health care providers. Terms are five years in length and run through November 30, 2019, and then members would be eligible for reappointment to a five-year term.  The following boards have vacancies: Alcohol and Drug Counseling Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Chiropractic

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NEW: Warning Notices for Consumers with Outstanding Income Data Matching Issues and Outstanding Immigration/Citizenship Data Matching Issues

Thank you for your continued support helping consumers resolve their outstanding immigration and citizenship data matching issues.  CMS is working hard to process the thousands of documents that consumers have submitted to confirm their coverage and resolve both immigration/citizenship and income data matching issues. They are making progress thanks to your continued support. Eighty-eight percent of the 966,000 citizenship or immigration data matching

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HHS Announces $60 Million in Navigator Grant Awards to 90 Organizations

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $60 million in Navigator grant awards to 90 organizations in states with Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.  These awards support enrollment and outreach activities in year two of the Marketplace and build on lessons learned from last year. For the full list of HHS Navigator awardees, please visit: http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Marketplaces/Downloads/navigator-list-09-08-2014.pdf

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REMINDER: 2015 Open Enrollment Period Begins November 15, 2014

The open enrollment period for the 2015 plan year will begin on November 15, 2014 and continue through February 15, 2015. Remember that if a consumer wants new coverage, or wants to make changes to existing coverage, the consumer will need to select a plan by December 15, 2014 in order for the coverage to go into effect on January 1, 2015. If a consumer selects a plan between December 16, 2014 and January 15, 2015 the new plan will be effective February

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NEW: HHS Announces $60 million in Grant Awards to 90 Navigator Organizations

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $60 million in Navigator grant awards to 90 organizations in states with Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.  These awards support enrollment and outreach activities in year two of the Marketplace and build on lessons learned from last year. For the full list of HHS Navigator awardees, please visit: http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Marketplaces/Downloads/navigator-list-09-08-2014.pdf

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HRSA Releases Clarifications Regarding Its Role in Financial and Programmatic Monitoring

HRSA clarified in last week’s Primary Health Care Digest that it will no longer require submission of Financial Recovery Plans as the formal monitoring of financial performance. HRSA stressed that while it will continue to assess Health Center compliance with financial management requirements, it believes that financial viability is an individual health center responsibility. HRSA also addressed the reduction of Health Center grants for projects

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NEW Spotlight on Outreach: Strategies and Best Practices for Working with Colleges and Universities

The CMS August 22 webinar included a presentation by Young Invincibles featuring lessons learned and best practices to engage and help enroll young adults (individuals from 18-34 years old) in the Marketplace. As a supplement on this important topic, and in the spirit of the “Back to School” mindset, CMS wants to highlight the following strategies and best practices for Marketplace outreach and enrollment to colleges and universities. The first

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