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2013 Conference Planning Committee Call
Tuesday, Oct. 23 @ 2:00 PM ET

RHNR Consulting Group Task Force Call
Wednesday, Oct. 24 @ 12:00 PM ET



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VCOM to Build Campus in Auburn Research Park (Aug. 30, 2012,

NRHA Continues to Fight for MDH, LVH (Oct. 19, 2012, Rural Health Voices)


Healthy People 2020 Public Comment: Open Now (Oct. 15, 2012,
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since its launch in December 2010.

CMS Proposal on Hospital Outpatient Payment Panel Open for Comment (Oct. 17, 2012, HealthLeaders Media)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services held its first Hospital Outpatient Payment Panel meetings this year and has issued proposals on the changes to current supervision levels for the following categories:

Who still wants to be a country doctor? (Oct. 22, 2012,
There is still need for physicians in rural areas, but interest is declining. One solution: Improve work-life balance to attract and keep doctors.

Rural hospitals learn “Lean Healthcare” to the benefit of both patients and providers (Oct. 18, 2012, Indiana Rural Health Association)
Throughout the past year, 20 of Indiana’s 35 Critical Access Hospitals began implementing Lean Healthcare methodologies to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care while also improving economic vitality.

Rural coverage: Communications challenges for EMS (Oct. 17, 2012,
Best practices include the strategic application of wireless communication systems to improve response capabilities and safety

Physicians can apply for 2013 eRx hardship exemption beginning Nov. 1 (Oct. 18, 2012,
Individual physicians and other eligible professionals and selected group practices can apply online for a hardship exemption under the 2013 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program beginning Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2013.

Rural hospitals get lift from University of Arizona center (Oct. 17, 2012, Cronkite News)
"In rural hospitals, we wear many hats,” Vincifora said. “Jobs are really hard to fill.”

2014 Draft Test Methods: Wave Five Released for Public Review and Comment (Oct. 18, 2012, ONC Health IT email)
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is pleased to announce the release of the fifth set of 2014 Edition draft Test Methods (test procedures, tools, and applicable test data and files). All Test Methods will undergo public review and comment before being finalized and approved by ONC for use in testing and certification. The final set of Test Methods is expected to be available for use in early 2013. Comments and suggestions should be submitted to All submissions should include "2014 Test Methods" in the subject line. Please be as specific as possible in your comment submission. For additional information, and to access the 2014 Edition draft Test Methods, please visit the 2014 Edition Draft Test Procedures webpage.


National Provider Call: Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program (Oct. 23, 2012 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET, CMS)

Preparing Physicians for ICD-10 Implementation National Provider Call (Oct. 25, 2012 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET, CMS)

Wisconsin AgriSafeR Training (October 25 - 27, 2012 | Marshfield, WI, AgriSafe)

Web Hearing on Credentialing Patients (October 29, 2012 | 12:00 - 4:00 PM, ONC Health IT, Event Link)


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