Clinical

DHHS Launches Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Nebraska Health Information Initiative launched an enhanced prescription drug monitoring program for health care professionals who prescribe and dispense medications. As of Jan. 1, all dispensed prescriptions for controlled substances must be reported to the PDMP and providers will now have access to patients’ controlled substance medication histories. “Over the last

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CMS announces that Medicaid can pay for mosquito repellent and other services to prevent Zika

In an Information Bulletin published on June 1, CMS stated Medicaid funds may be used to pay for over-the-counter insect repellent, subject to two important caveats: the repellent must be prescribed by an authorized health professional, and the state must choose to implement this option. The Information Bulletin also discusses a range of other services that state Medicaid program are required or permitted to provide in order to prevent and/or treat

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Zika Resources for Health and Emergency Management Professionals

As the situation on Zika evolves, there is a lot of information that health and emergency management professionals need to know so they can better understand the public health and health care system implications of the virus. Learn about the Zika virus, how it is transmitted, clinical testing considerations, issues surrounding patient care, preparedness, prevention, and more. View the informative PDF here: ASPR-TRACIE-Zika-Virus-Disease-Resources-At-Your-Fingertips

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CMS Issues Several Important Documents for Medicare and Medicaid

CMS had a very busy week, releasing four important documents with implications for health centers: The Final Rule on Medicaid Managed Care – 1400+ pages updating the rules for this major part of the health care market for the first time since 2002. The Proposed Rule outlining how Medicare will pay doctors (but not FQHCs) under the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive System created by MACRA

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NHSC Loan Repayment Program accepting applications through April 5

APPLY NOW Accepting applications through April 5, 7:30 p.m. ET 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF -401 KB) has the detailed information you need to apply. Please read carefully before you start your Loan Repayment Program application. Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site

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Fast Facts About Zika Virus, DHHS Monitoring Situation

DHHS Monitoring Outbreaks in Other Countries Closely Note:  Sound bites on this topic will be available shortly at: www.dhhs.ne.gov/audio Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and its partners are monitoring outbreaks of Zika virus occurring in many countries including Brazil. Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of a mosquito. Although the virus usually causes mild illness according to the Centers

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Free CEUs available from George Washington University Cancer Institute: Cancer Survivorship E-learning Series for Primary Care Providers, 9 modules including breast cancer

Free CEUs available from George Washington University Cancer Institute: Cancer Survivorship E-learning Series for Primary Care Providers, 9 modules including breast cancer. PDF here, GW Cancer Center survivorship e-learning series for Primary Care Providers

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month & Nov. 19th is the Great American Smokeout!

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  The American Cancer Society is sponsoring the Great American Smokeout on November 19th.  This year's theme is Quit Like a Champion. Smokers who quit - and stay quit - are champions to us, their families, and their friends. Make sure to check out Great American Smokeout Event Tools and Resources for downloadable flyers, posters, and table tents as well as ready-to-use web and social media graphics for your

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HHS enhances preparedness with new products to treat severe burns

Four novel products to treat severe thermal burns will be developed and acquired under contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The products are intended to enhance the available treatment options for disaster response and are being designed to find uses in routine clinical burn care. Read more about the HHS announcement.

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CMS Issues Final Rule on Medicare ACOs

Last week CMS issued its final rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Accountable Organizations (ACOs).  This rule encompasses a number of important changes for the Medicare ACO program, including several which will directly impact health centers.  CMS accepted several of NACHC's commentsin the final rule, allowing for non-physician providers to count earlier in the beneficiary assignment process.  For more information, check out the

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