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General Announcement
CMS Launches Data Element Library    NASL, 6/29/2018

After years of work, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched its Data Element Library (DEL). The DEL database seeks to support electronic exchange of health information. The DEL includes the specific types of data that CMS requires post-acute care facilities –  Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) – to collect as part of patients' health assessments. 

General Announcement
CMS Unveils New Rural Health Strategy that Advances Telehealth and Telemedicine   NASL, 6/28/2018

In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an eight-page rural health strategy, which outlined the agency’s promises to reduce regulatory barriers to telehealth, improve outreach to providers in these rural communities to ensure that they understand CMS programs, and identify practical solutions that will help better care in these areas.

General Announcement
House Passes Bipartisan Opioid Bill Package in Response to the Opioid Crisis   NASL, 6/28/2018

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill entitled, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) in response to the current, ongoing opioid crisis.  This bill will serve as the legislative vehicle for many of the 55 other House-passed bills designed to curb opioid addiction. 

General Announcement
Meet 3rd Year Law Student and NASL Summer Intern Abbey Herfurth   NASL, 6/28/2018

Starting her life in the Midwest, Abbey was born and raised in Osage Beach, Missouri.  After high school, Abbey headed south to attend Auburn University in Alabama, where she studied public relations and minored in business.  

General Announcement
ONC & CMS Keynote Annual LTPAC Health IT Summit   NASL, 6/29/2018

NASL and our colleagues from the LTPAC Health IT Collaborative gathered for our 14th Annual LTPAC Health IT Summit this week.  NASL helps to plan the Summit each year, to include securing speakers. So, NASL Director of Policy & Membership Donna  Doneski introduced - for the first time at the Summit - the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Don Rucker, MD. 



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