The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2017-03, Calendar Year 2018 Requirements for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA Coverage for Health Centers
. The purpose of this PAL “is to inform Health Center Program stakeholders of the process and requirements for the required application for deeming for calendar year (CY) 2018, highlighting updates to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming application requirements.”
Redeeming applications are due by Monday, July 24, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time).Click here to read the document
Public Chapter 130 of 2017
adds healthcare services provided to a patient at a public elementary or secondary school to the current definition of telehealth services for which health insurance entities are required to reimburse in a manner that is consistent with reimbursement for in-person encounters. Previously, schools were not listed as qualified sites for telehealth reimbursement unless the school had a school-based clinic. The law now requires reimbursement for services provided via telehealth at schools if the public elementary or secondary school is staffed by a healthcare service provider (defined as an individual acting within the scope of a valid license) and equipped to engage in such services.
HHS has officially changed the name of AIDS.gov, the federal government’s leading source for information about HIV, to HIV.gov
. The change coincided with the 36th anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control's first report of the initial cases of what would become known as AIDS. It reflects major scientific advances that have transformed an almost universally fatal disease to a condition that, if diagnosed and treated early and continuously, can be controlled and prevented from progressing to AIDS. More people are living with HIV in the United States today than are living with AIDS. The name change embraces the way most people now search online for information about the disease.
New publications from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for clinicians and patients summarize the effectiveness of behavioral programs to supplement clinical care for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The publications reflect findings of an AHRQ-funded systematic review that examined behavioral programs for diabetes self-management including patient education, dietary interventions and structured exercise or physical activity interventions.
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