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May 22, 2019 - A new study shows that broadband access in rural areas limits the ability of rural residents to use telehealth for accessing psychiatrists and primary care physicians. The research found that the same areas without enough psychiatrists and primary care physicians were also less likely to have sufficient internet speeds for video-based telehealth.
Source: Fierce Healthcare
May 21, 2019 - Oklahoma State University and Cherokee Nation broke ground for a new medical school, the first medical school with a tribal affiliation on tribal land in the U.S. The school plans to open in 2020 and hopes to train physicians for Cherokee Nation and rural northeastern Oklahoma.
Source: Cherokee Phoenix
May 21, 2019 - A new Life in Rural America poll shows that a majority of rural Americans are satisfied with their quality of life and optimistic about improving their communities. Healthcare access, finances, and high-speed internet access were among the top challenges cited, with about a quarter of respondents having challenges accessing healthcare and 8% facing a local hospital closure.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
May 16, 2019 - A bipartisan group of legislators introduced the Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act to the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would update Medicare reimbursement for independent Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), expand access to telehealth, allow Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners to provide more types of care in RHCs, and remove certain onsite laboratory equipment requirements.
Source: Office of Congressman Adrian Smith
May 16, 2019 - Federal legislation expanded access to telehealth for more populations and more types of services, including treatment of substance use disorders. Additional changes may be on the horizon this fall, including the possible bundling of reimbursement for specialist telehealth consults to rural hospitals.
Source: To the Point
May 14, 2019 - The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is now accepting hardship exception applications for the meaningful electronic health record (EHR) use requirements from eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Without the exemption, hospitals must show that they meet the Promoting Interoperability Program EHR requirements.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
May 14, 2019 - Fort Scott's 132-year-old hospital closed, leaving many without jobs and the rural community with higher rates of chronic disease and preterm births without their hospital. For now, the emergency department, outpatient clinic, and physical therapy service remain, but their future is also uncertain.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 13, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $24 million to recipients in 40 states for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) planning grants. The grants will support needs assessments, partnerships, and plans for substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts, including for opioid use disorder.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
May 11, 2019 - Fairfax Community Hospital in rural Oklahoma faces imminent closure after its outside ownership group declared bankruptcy. Its employees continue working for free, knowing how essential the hospital's services are to the community, hoping the community can regain control of the hospital or another management group can keep it running. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: Washington Post
May 10, 2019 - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is bringing together federal agencies and departments to help rural communities respond to the addiction crisis. Examples include a wellness center providing medically-assisted treatment for opioid addiction funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Facilities Program; the creation of local opioid consortia supported by the Department of Health and Human Services; and a coalition of rural advocates focused on the Pacific Northwest called the Rural Action Plan Tackling Opioid Recovery (RAPTOR) group.
Source: The Spokesman-Review
May 10, 2019 - A proposed bill would create a 3-year pilot enabling respiratory therapists to provide care to Medicare beneficiaries with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using telehealth. The Better Respiration through Expanded Access to Tele-Health (BREATHE) Act is based on research showing that video-based care for COPD patients can reduce readmissions. COPD is particularly prevalent in rural areas.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
May 9, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's cycle for the 2019 National Health Service Corp New Site Application is open and has expanded eligibility to include facilities that provide general substance use disorder treatment, medication assisted treatment, and/or opioid treatment services. Applications are due by May 30, 2019.
Source: HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce
May 8, 2019 - Describes the Rural Access to Hospice Act, which was introduced by Representative Ron Kind and would allow Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to bill Medicare for hospice services.
Source: Office of Representative Ron Kind
May 8, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma spoke today at the National Rural Health Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Her speech addresses some of the healthcare challenges facing rural communities and success stories, as well as CMS efforts to improve rural health.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
May 8, 2019 - A new study by the Robert Graham Center found that family physicians spent less on low-value care and those practicing in the Midwest or rural areas had even lower spending per patient on low-value care. The study also found that rural family physicians had a broader scope of practice than family physicians in urban areas.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
May 8, 2019 - Blog post from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator about initiatives CMS has undertaken to advance rural health. Focuses on the CMS Rural Health Strategy, which seeks to reduce unintended CMS policy impacts on rural healthcare and strengthen rural health.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
May 8, 2019 - The Rural Health Policy Research Institute’s (RUPRI) Health Panel released a summary report of their December meeting with rural health leaders around the country. The meeting addressed rural healthcare innovations in financing and service delivery.
Source: Rural Health Policy Research Institute
May 8, 2019 - A new study shows that disparities between rural and urban diabetes mortality rates are increasing. While mortality rates related to diabetes in urban areas have decreased over time, rural areas have not been keeping pace.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 7, 2019 - Angela Ammons spoke at the National Rural Health Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia about how the Critical Access Hospital she administrates narrowly avoided closure. Georgia has one of the highest rural hospital closure rates in the U.S. Legislators in Georgia recently passed a number of bills intended to improve rural health in the state, including renewed funding for a rural hospital stabilization program.
Source: Georgia Health News
May 7, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting information on health center service area considerations to inform Health Center Program expansion. Feedback will be accepted beginning Wednesday, May 8, and is due July 8, 2019.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
May 4, 2019 - Physician shortages and limits on Medicare reimbursement for residency training are encouraging legislation to increase the number of residency slots. Yet how to encourage physicians to go to the locations and into the specialties experiencing shortages is under discussion. Rural residency programs and National Health Service Corps funding are some considerations. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
May 3, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing a draft guidance to help hospitals make decisions about space sharing and contracted staff arrangements. Comments on the draft policies will be due July 2, 2019.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
May 2, 2019 - Shares lessons learned about building opportunity and equity in rural communities and highlights a call for proposals from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a Rural Learning and Coordinating Center.
Source: Culture of Health Blog
May 2, 2019 - A new report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that veterans tend to be older, more rural, and in need of more healthcare services. The report also found that while they would benefit from telehealth access, many of those veterans do not have reliable broadband, don't want it, or can't afford it.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
Apr 30, 2019 - Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are promoting resources for farmers and rural communities in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month and invite others to share resources and materials and participate in the conversation about on-farm stress. They will also be offering additional tools each week on social media and webinars related to farmer suicide and rural opioid overdose prevention.
Source: Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
Apr 29, 2019 - The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) is now accepting applications for its community grant program, which will support rural telecommunications, economic development, education, arts, and tourism. Healthcare organizations are eligible to apply.
Source: NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association
Apr 29, 2019 - NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is releasing a Smart Rural Communities recognition and award program. Smart Rural Communities will promote the role of rural broadband in healthcare, economic development, education, and energy distribution.
Source: NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
Apr 29, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be awarding up to $6.7 million each to establish Rural Centers of Excellence for 3 different focus areas related to substance abuse and opioid use disorder. One center will focus on best practices for recovery housing, one will address synthetic opioid overdose mortality in the Delta or/and Appalachian regions, and the third will focus on rural treatment interventions.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr 26, 2019 - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) announces the winners of the 2019 Rural Health Award. The winners will be honored during NRHA's 42nd Annual Rural Health Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Apr 26, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is offering up to $725,000 over 3 years to expand or establish medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in high-risk rural communities. Eligible applicants include Rural Health Clinics, Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospitals under 50 beds, Health Center Look-Alikes, and tribes and tribal organizations in HRSA-designated rural areas. Applications are due June 10, 2019 and a webinar will provide additional information on May 16, 2019.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr 25, 2019 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2020. Provides details of the proposed changes, including those that impact rural hospice programs, as well as updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. Comments are due by June 18, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 24, 2019 - Highlights efforts to address the opioid crisis and the impact they are having. Includes a video from the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar explaining the HHS plan for responding to the opioid crisis.
Source: HHS Press Office
Apr 24, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released 5 proposed rules that would affect Fiscal Year 2020 payment and quality programs. They include: 1) Proposed FY 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS) addressing inequalities in rural health & barriers to medical innovation; 2) Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF): FY 2020 Proposed Payment and Policy Changes; 3) Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF): FY 2020 Proposed Payment and Quality Reporting Updates; 4) Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF): FY 2020 Proposed Payment and Policy Changes; and 5) Hospice: FY 2020 Proposed Payment Rate Update.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Apr 24, 2019 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for fiscal year 2020, including amendments to the weighting factors for the case-mix groups, updates to the IRF wage index, and new measures for the IRF Quality Reporting Program. Includes rural considerations throughout. Comments are due by June 17, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 23, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing changes to the inpatient hospital wage index intended to help hospitals in rural areas, including changes to the rural floor wage index and increases for hospitals with low wage indexes.
Source: Health Leaders
Apr 23, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is offering a grant program for rural hospital networks to help increase access to obstetrics care in rural communities and to test new models of care. Since 2011, more than 150 communities lost access to maternal care services.
Source: Bloomberg Law
Apr 23, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced proposed changes to update the Medicare payment policies for hospitals in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for the fiscal year 2020. The changes support two CMS top priorities: Rethinking Rural Health and Unleashing Innovation.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Apr 23, 2019 - Notice of from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extending the comment period for the March 4th proposed rule with the same title. Comments are now due on June 3, 2019 and effective dates of policies related to the rule will be adjusted as necessary based on public comments.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 22, 2019 - Release from the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs announcing the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report Tribal Consultation: Additional Federal Actions Needed for Infrastructure Projects. Report reviews the tribal consultation processes with 21 federal agencies for developing and implementing federal infrastructure projects.
Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Apr 22, 2019 - Press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announcing a new set of payment models to transform primary care through value-based care for patients called the CMS Primary Cares Initiative.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Apr 19, 2019 - Fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing a proposed rule to update fiscal year (FY) 2020 payment rates and quality programs for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) under the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS), the SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP), and the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP).
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Apr 18, 2019 - Highlights population growth in nonmetro counties for the second year in a row. Includes a map with county-level U.S. Census data showing the 2017 and 2018 population estimates and estimated population change between those two years.
Source: Daily Yonder
Apr 17, 2019 - Highlights the impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule to update payments systems for inpatient rehabilitation facilities in fiscal year 2020. Payments per discharge for facilities in urban areas will increase by 2.2%, while those in rural areas will be 4.3% higher than in FY2019. Freestanding rehabilitation hospitals will not see the same increase, and in fact will receive a 2% lower per discharge payment in rural areas. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
Apr 17, 2019 - Press release describing charges filed in 11 federal districts against doctors, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and other licensed medical professionals resulting from the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force's (ARPO Strike Force) investigation into healthcare and prescription fraud. Announces the expansion of the ARPO Strike Force into the Western District of Virginia, and includes a description of charges for each federal district and ARPO Strike Force location.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
Apr 17, 2019 - Discusses a two-tiered standard of care for tertiary healthcare centers and rural hospitals that perform acute stroke care.
Source: Cardiovascular Business
Apr 16, 2019 - A new study reveals barriers for rural patients seeking to use home and community-based services. Workforce retention, a lack of service providers, transportation issues, and limited internet and phone connectivity were among the issues cited.
Source: Home Health Care News
Apr 16, 2019 - Highlights an AARP study discussed at the Aging in American Conference this week showing that older adults in rural areas face more challenges than in urban areas and need more supports to help them age in place. Includes program examples from around the country that are addressing the needs in their communities.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
Apr 15, 2019 - A new study found that 43.7% of rural hospitals and 44.1% of teaching hospitals had a lower readmissions penalty in 2019 due to changes from CMS that separated hospitals by the proportion of dually eligible patients. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
Apr 14, 2019 - Veterans commit suicide at a higher rate than non-veterans and face many of the same risk factors, including a shortage of mental health resources in rural areas. Multiple state and federal agencies are trying to connect at-risk veterans with services to help. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The New York Times
Apr 12, 2019 - Emergency departments in rural areas have a higher visit rate than in urban areas and are treating many uninsured and Medicaid patients, a new study shows.
Source: MedPage Today
Apr 11, 2019 - Rural cancer disparities are starting to encourage efforts to address them. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is launching a rural Access to Cancer Care Task Force to examine drivers behind rural cancer disparities and offer recommendations for addressing them; the National Cancer Institute provides supplemental funding to cancer centers to help create rural solutions; and Project ECHO is helping teach rural providers about cancer management.
Source: AJMC Newsroom
Apr 11, 2019 - Highlights proposed eligibility criteria for the VA MISSION Act, which will go into effect June 2019. The VA MISSION Act offers veterans the option of seeking care at non-VA facilities in certain cases, such as living in one of five low-population density states or facing a long drive time to a VA facility.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Apr 11, 2019 - While nearly all hospitals offer patient access to electronic health information, less than 25% of patients activate their online patient portals, and only 14% of rural hospital patients. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) also found that fewer rural and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) provided patients with the ability to view and transmit their health data.
Source: HIT Infrastructure
Apr 11, 2019 - While smoking rates for teens have fallen across the U.S., rates in rural areas are still 50% higher than in urban areas, prompting researchers to consider why.
Source: Reuters
Apr 10, 2019 - The Rural Cancer Care Task Force, recently launched by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), will focus on addressing rural cancer disparities through 4 areas: provider education and training, workforce, teleoncology, and research.
Source: American Society of Clinical Oncology
Apr 10, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration will be offering grants of up to $725,000 over a 3-year period to help expand or establish medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in rural areas. Rural Health Clinics, Critical Access Hospitals, small rural hospitals, tribal organizations, and Health Center Look-Alikes in rural areas are eligible to apply and must partner with at least two separate entities.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr 10, 2019 - Opinion piece from Katy B. Kozhimannil and Carrie Henning-Smith focused on disparities in rural health for people from different races and ethnicities.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
Apr 9, 2019 - Press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on updates to their Promoting Interoperability Programs website. Highlights resources for Critical Access Hospitals and other hospitals.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Apr 8, 2019 - U.S. House representatives are requesting additional funding to expand rural broadband infrastructure to improve access to telemedicine, enhance rural economic development, and more.
Source: Office of Congressman Rodney Davis
Apr 8, 2019 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Director is considering bundled payments for post-acute care to increase hospital flexibility and quality of care. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
Apr 8, 2019 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of a 30-day preview period for the review of the Health Center Program Service Area Considerations Request for Information (RFI). After the preview period, a 60-day comment period will begin to obtain information on service area considerations to inform HRSA decisions about the expansion of services through the addition of new delivery sites to existing health centers. Instructions on how to submit feedback will be available after the preview period.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr 7, 2019 - High suicide rates in the rural West are prompting public health officials and researchers to analyze data to develop targeted interventions. Focuses on efforts in Oregon, which has one of the highest suicide rates nationally, particularly among veterans, Native Americans, and older men.
Source: Malheur Enterprise
Apr 5, 2019 - A new analysis from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission identified a need for updates to payments for rural and low-volume dialysis facilities. On average, Medicare margins for rural facilities was -5.5% and -21% for low-volume facilities. May require subscription to view article.
Source: Modern Healthcare
Apr 4, 2019 - A new Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System (Task Force) held its inaugural meeting. The Task Force is charged with developing recommendations for protocols, policies, and best practices to help protect Native American children from abuse in the Indian Health Service (IHS) system.
Source: The White House
Apr 4, 2019 - Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate would update Rural Health Clinic regulations. The updates would address telehealth services, RHC reimbursement, laboratory requirements, and advanced practice clinicians.
Source: Office of Senator John Barrasso
Apr 3, 2019 - Legislation reintroduced to the U.S. Senate seeks to increase access to healthcare for tribal veterans and collaboration between the Indian Health Service and Veterans Health Administration.
Source: Office of Senator John Thune
Apr 3, 2019 - A new report highlights LGBTQ people living in rural areas and the where they live, with the South having the highest population. One challenge they face is accessing healthcare, particularly specialists.
Source: USA Today
Apr 2, 2019 - Population changes recorded in the decennial census can change an area's eligibility for rural development programs. Policymakers and experts are considering updating definitions of rural to take into account more than population size.
Source: Politico
Apr 2, 2019 - National Quality Forum announces the release of a new report addressing how to measure healthcare quality improvements in rural areas, where the lower volume of patients makes reliable measurement a challenge.
Source: National Quality Forum
Apr 2, 2019 - Highlights a Fair Health white paper that examined trends in healthcare cost and service locations, based on data from private insurance claims for 2012-2017. Among other findings, the study showed that telehealth utilization grew in both rural and urban areas, with urban use growth outpacing rural by nearly two times. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
Apr 1, 2019 - Announcement of the first annual Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Care Transitions Awareness event to be held in Baltimore, Maryland on April 16, 2019. In-person registration closes on April 1, 2019. The event will also be available via webinar.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Apr 1, 2019 - Interviews officials and healthcare providers from Medicaid expansion states about the impact of expansion on the healthcare system. Includes discussion on rural hospital finances and a story from a rural community health center.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Mar 29, 2019 - Legislation reintroduced to the U.S. Senate would extend the Conrad State 30 Program, encouraging international physicians to practice in rural and underserved areas after completing their residencies in the U.S. The program is currently slated to expire later this year; the Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act would extend it to 2021.
Source: Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar
Mar 29, 2019 - The Independent Television Service (ITVS) announces the premiere of The Providers on April 8, 2019. The documentary will highlight the physician shortage in rural America and the opioid epidemic. The film underscores the power of the patient-provider relationship by following the journeys of three safety-net healthcare providers and their patients in rural New Mexico.
Source: Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Mar 29, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using telehealth to connect Veterans to care, particularly in rural areas, and requested a 10.5% budget increase as part of a 5-year plan to expand access using telehealth and app-based video visits.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
Mar 28, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released new clinical recommendations for treating American Indian and Alaska Native women with opioid use disorder with a focus on screening, medication-assisted treatment, recovery, and prenatal and postpartum care. The recommendations were developed in partnership with tribes, the IHS, and the ACOG.
Source: Indian Health Service
Mar 28, 2019 - Shares lessons learned from coordinating a rural Wisconsin community's response to a 2007 tornado and the recent roof collapse of Wolf River's fire station.
Source: Daily Yonder
Mar 28, 2019 - Highlights the impact of farming challenges on mental health and a program in rural Logan County, Ohio that encourages community discussions about common warning signs of mental health concerns.
Source: Ohio Country Journal
Mar 26, 2019 - Oklahoma's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the heavily-followed first suit of more than 1,600, was settled out of court with the drug maker agreeing to pay $270 million to fund addiction research and treatment in Oklahoma. The state had sought $20 billion in damages against Purdue and other pharmaceutical firms.
Source: NPR
Mar 26, 2019 - Provides an overview of the second annual Healthiest Communities rankings, compiled by U.S. News and World Report in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation. These rankings are designed to draw a link between where people live and how well they live, as well as exploring potential reasons for those differences.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
Mar 26, 2019 - Radio interview with Phil Talley, Program Coordinator, and Jeffery Erdman, Assistant Director for Programs and Compliance, both from the Illinois Public Health Association. Discussion includes HIV, immunizations, and the public health efforts of the Illinois Public Health Association, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
Mar 26, 2019 - Details data from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reveals that rural areas of the country have 4% fewer jobs than before the 2007 recession and thus have not yet fully recovered. Other areas of the country all have more jobs in 2018 than they did in 2007. Nearly nine of out every ten jobs created since 2007 have gone to metro areas with a million or more people.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 25, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a grant opportunity for networks of rural hospitals, FQHCs, home visiting programs, and state Medicaid programs intended to improve maternal obstetrics care access and continuity in rural areas. The funding will test models in 4 areas: rural obstetric service aggregation, telehealth and specialty care, financial sustainability, and a network approach to coordinating care.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Mar 25, 2019 - Details a physician at the University of Arizona who is using a $10,000 prize from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to modify an existing mHealth platform for use by new and expecting mothers. The app was originally developed for people dealing with substance use disorder (SUD), and will be used to assist women who are pregnant or parenting and who are also dealing with SUD.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
Mar 25, 2019 - Follows one Native American woman who has taken it upon herself to investigate what she perceives as the forgotten cases of missing or murdered Native American people. Also delves into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement, the high numbers of unsolved disappearances on reservations, and the difficulty in investigating these events with outdated policies and multiple agencies having jurisdiction, depending on the exact details of the case.
Source: High Country News
Mar 25, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new report, the Health Insurance Exchanges 2019 Open Enrollment Report. This report shows that plan selections in Exchange plans totaled 11.4 million for states and Washington D.C., about 300,000 fewer than the prior year. In that same time period, the average total premiums dropped by 1.5%.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mar 23, 2019 - Details the growing trend of grandparents raising their grandchildren as a result of many parents struggling with opioid addiction. This shift tends to be more common in rural, mostly white states, although some limited data shows a large and rising share of grandparents in Native American communities are also raising their grandchildren. As these people are often retired and on fixed incomes, this can be a particular hardship. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post

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