HRSA’s Round 4 – Information from ANCOR!

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding includes $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or […]

Workforce in BH/SA Services Discussion at JCHC

The Joint Commission on Health Care took up a discussion today on the issue of workforce in the Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services arena.  While the discussion did not produce any concrete, actionable suggestions, there was an interesting presentation by Dr. Gerard Lawson about Professional Counseling licensure in Virginia.  It is worth reviewing for […]

Do You Remember?

It seems like memories of 9/11 are those not only of deep sadness but remembering how terrifying it was to have lost our sense of security and direction.  What’s next?  No one knew, nor could we contemplate the future.   For those of us responsible for the lives of the individuals we served on that day, […]

Update from CMS Today

“New action will protect patients of the 50,000 providers and over 17 million health care workers in Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities The Biden-Harris Administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect both them and patients from the virus and its more contagious Delta variant.  Facilities across the […]

White House Announces Vaccine Mandate for Medicaid/Medicare Providers

In a speech this evening where President Biden let his frustration over the ongoing devastation of the pandemic show and which he called “a pandemic of the un-vaccinated,” he released a six step agenda.  Though several of the provisions may impact VNPP members, the one most obvious is below:  “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]