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USDA Partners to Help Rural Leaders Build Strategies to Achieve Prosperity
Oct 16, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized four cooperative agreements through the Rural Development Innovation Center's Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative. These partnerships are designed to help rural communities create and implement economic development plans.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic
Oct 16, 2018 - Details the findings of a new poll on Life in Rural America from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions included the biggest problems facing rural people and their families, their optimism about the future, economic and health concerns, the opioid epidemic, and more.
Source: NPR
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County Teams with Co-op to Bring Telemedicine to Veterans
Oct 15, 2018 - Describes a collaboration between a rural Kentucky county's library, a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, and a rural telecom cooperative to offer medical services to veterans using telemedicine. The service, called the "Virtual Living Room," allows veterans to use the library's computers and broadband internet, provided by the co-op, to connect with their doctors at the VA hospital.
Source: National Association of Counties
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Reflecting on One Year of Innovation at Rural Development
Oct 12, 2018 - Blog post from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development. Discusses the Rural Development Innovation Center, created one year ago, and its work in rural areas related to disaster recovery, rural access to capital, data analytics, economic development, workforce development, and the opioid crisis, among other things.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Blog
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Decimated by Hurricanes, Rural America Needs Our Help
Oct 11, 2018 - Opinion piece discussing the need for better and more proactive policies to protect vulnerable rural areas along the coast from inland flooding caused by hurricanes, with a focus on North Carolina.
Source: The New York Times
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Compassion, Faith Drive FPOY to Help Patients, Community
Oct 11, 2018 - Will Cooke, M.D. has been named the American Academy of Family Physicians 2019 Family Physician of the Year. Provides highlights from his career, including his work with HIV/AIDS patients and how he helped his community of Austin, IN during the worst drug-related HIV outbreak in the United States.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
Oct 10, 2018 - Blog post by Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, sharing his experience in providing obstetrical care as a rural family physician in Alaska. Stresses the importance of family physicians and OB/Gyns working together in order to reverse trends in rural maternal and infant mortality.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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From a Physician Assistant in Fairbanks to a Vending Machine in Interior Alaska: Witnessing Tribal Health Solutions Firsthand
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post, written by Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, detailing a tour of several Alaskan communities to learn about how healthcare is delivered in remote parts of the state through telehealth services, vending machines that dispense medications, and through the use of community health aids.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Indian Health Service Provider Vacancies a ‘Never-ending Cycle’
Oct 8, 2018 - Discusses a recent Government Accountability Office report examining causes of and potential solutions to high staff vacancy rates at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities.
Source: High Country News
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Strengthening Health and Health Care in Rural America
Oct 4, 2018 - Blog post from the Commonwealth Fund written by Mary Wakefield. Discusses the history of rural health, the present and future health needs in rural communities, and the efforts of the Commonwealth Fund to improve rural health both in the past and looking forward. Includes considerations around payment policy, healthcare delivery, healthcare workforce, community partnerships, and research.
Source: To The Point, The Commonwealth Fund
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New Community Assessment Tool Enables for the First Time an In-Depth, County-by-County, Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic Across Entire United States
Oct 4, 2018 - Press release from NORC at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the release of a new community assessment tool that allows users to access data on the opioid epidemic in counties across the county, see the epidemic's relation to demographic and socioeconomic factors, compare county-level data to the rest of the state and country, and track how data has changed over time.
Source: NORC at the University of Chicago
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Opioid Bill Expands Treatment Options
Oct 4, 2018 - Discusses the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, opioid legislation recently approved by both houses of Congress and expected to be signed by President Trump. Two provisions in particular are expected to be especially helpful to people dealing with opioid use disorder. One would allow Medicaid to pay for residential treatment in large facilities, and the other would allow Medicare to pay for methadone treatment.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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Solo FP Finds Fulfillment Serving Rural Patients, Community
Oct 3, 2018 - Highlights the experiences and difficulties of a rural primary care physician in Ohio. Touches on the challenges of operating a solo practice, like additional administrative duties and extra work to maintain electronic health records (EHR), issues with recruitment and retention, and more. Also explores the joys of this kind of medicine and the important role he serves in his community.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Hoeven Convenes Hearing To Examine Broadband Internet And Other Telecommunications Access On Tribal Lands
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses the convening of an oversight hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to examine reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on broadband internet and other telecommunications access issues on tribal lands. As of December 2016, 35.4% of tribal residents lacked access to fixed broadband services, compared to 7.7% of the general population. Includes links to the reports as well as a video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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GAO: Rural Hospital Closures Increasing, South Hardest Hit
Oct 2, 2018 - Details a new analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on rural hospital closures. Rural hospital closures disproportionately occurred in the South, among for-profit hospitals, and among organizations with a Medicare-dependent hospital payment designation. Just 17% of rural hospital closures were in states that expanded Medicaid as of April 2018. Also touched on efforts to address rural hospital closures.
Source: Healthcare Dive
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School-Wide Free Nutrition Program Attracts Fewer Rural Schools
Oct 2, 2018 - Details a study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service. This report, Characteristics of School Districts Offering Free School Meals to All Students Through the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Program, looked at school districts participating in the USDA Community Eligibility Program, which allows schools to provide free breakfast and lunch for all of their students based on community characteristics rather than individual family applications. Despite the fact that rural families typically have more economic need, a smaller percentage of eligible school districts in rural areas participate in the program than in urban areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Some Rural Areas Are Better for Economic Mobility
Oct 2, 2018 - Discusses economic mobility for children based on where they grow up. Economic mobility varies widely not only between metro, micropolitan, and non-metropolitan counties, but within them. Significant differences exist between census tracts, and are attributable to a number of factors. Additionally, economic mobility rates vary between different parts of the country, with rural children who grew up in the Midwest having greater economic mobility than rural children who grew up in the South.
Source: City Lab
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Better Data Will Serve as the Foundation in Modernizing the Medicaid Program
Oct 2, 2018 - Blog post for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Discusses how improved collection and use of data on Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will allow CMS to improve health outcomes as well as program integrity.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blog
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A Conversation with Ray Rogers
Oct 2, 2018 - Radio interview with Ray Rogers, the CEO for the National Center for Health Care Informatics (NCHCI) and the Praxis Center for Innovative Learning in Montana. Discussion includes the creation and the work of the NCHCI and the development of the Praxis Center, which is intended to provide simulation training opportunities to rural providers, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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IHS Awards Tribal Management Grants to Support Tribal Self-Determination
Oct 1, 2018 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) has awarded grants to develop and improve tribal capacity to manage health programs. More than $1.4 million will be distributed through the Tribal Management Grant Program to 11 tribes and tribal organizations in 9 states.
Source: Indian Health Service
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HRSA Releases New Data on Child Health Across the U.S.
Oct 1, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released the 2017 National Survey of Children's Health data. This voluntary survey is funded and directed by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and provides annual national and state-level estimates related to key measures of child health and well-being.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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West Tennessee Healthcare Collaborative Improves Behavioral Health Patients’ Access to Care, Reduces Stigma
Sep 27, 2018 - Details the work of the West Tennessee Healthcare Collaborative to identify and address behavioral health issues that impact the community. Among other things, the collaboration trained people in the use of naloxone, including in rural areas, created a space to treat pregnant women with substance use disorders in a rural area, and implemented telehealth to improve access to care.
Source: American Hospital Association
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HHS Awards $50 Million to Assist American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Efforts Combating the Opioid Overdose Epidemic
Sep 26, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes to strengthen efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. These grants, totaling about $50 million, aim to increase access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Bipartisan Committee Leaders Announce Opioid Legislation Agreement
Sep 25, 2018 - Press release from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means announcing the agreement of a bipartisan, bicameral committee on opioid legislation. Both legislative bodies passed separate opioid legislation, requiring that discrepancies between the two bills be addressed by this committee. Includes full text of the revised legislation.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
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2019 Eligible Hospital eCQM Flows are Available Now
Sep 25, 2018 - Discusses the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) 2019 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) flows for eligible hospitals, which have been published to the eCQI Resource Center. This includes a guide to help users understand the flows.
Source: eCQI Resource Center
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State Snapshots Provide a Fresh Look at State-Specific Health Care Quality Trends
Sep 24, 2018 - Blog post from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on its release of its 2017 State Snapshots, which provide detailed analyses of how each state and the District of Columbia is performing in areas of healthcare quality. Also touches on the 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) which was also released today and from which the data in the State Snapshots is taken.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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CMS Awards Funding for Quality Measure Development
Sep 21, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded new cooperative agreements to partner with the agency in developing, improving, updating, and expanding quality measures for Medicare's Quality Payment Program (QPP). Through these partnerships, CMS will work with external organizations to develop and implement measures that are intended to improve patient care.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Death Rates Up for 5 of the 12 Leading Causes of Death
Sep 20, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics released an annual report on the health of the nation, Health, United States, 2017. Included in this report is an in-depth special feature on mortality in America, closely examining drug overdoses, suicides, and chronic liver disease because they have contributed to life expectancy drops in recent years.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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SAMHSA Releases Guides to Help Women Navigate Opioid Use Disorder Treatment While Pregnant
Sep 20, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is releasing four Healthy Pregnancy: Opioids in Pregnancy fact sheets designed to help women who have opioid use disorders and who are also pregnant or are mothers of infants. These fact sheets explain the process for treating opioid use disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome and provide information to help them seek care and to manage pregnancy and treatment.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids
Sep 20, 2018 - Provides an update on the opioid addiction and statistics on the prevalence of substance misuse, opioid misuse, opioid use disorder (OUD), and overdoses. Includes discussion on work being done in rural areas to develop and implement evidence-based OUD prevention and treatment interventions.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction Federal Register
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reform Medicare regulations that have been identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on healthcare providers and suppliers, allowing them to devote more time to delivering high quality patient care. Discusses the impact on rural providers and facilities throughout. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis
Sep 19, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) has awarded over $1 billion in support of HHS's five-point opioid strategy to address the opioid crisis, including $25.5 million for rural organizations. Discusses newly released data suggesting HHS's efforts in the opioid crisis are seeing progress at the national level.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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Fixing What Ails You: Rural County to Reopen Hospital
Sep 19, 2018 - A hospital in Lee County, Virginia is set to reopen their local hospital after closing five years ago. Highlights the long-term efforts to maintain the building during the closure and community and state support to to bring services back to the area.
Source: National Association of Counties
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Senate Passes Sweeping Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Sep 17, 2018 - Reports on a bipartisan measure, the Senate's Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA), passed on September 17, 2018 that directs funding to federal agencies to expand and establish programs to provide prevention, treatment, and help with recovery from opioid addiction.
Source: NBC News
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I Hired a Community Health Worker and Now We Work Miracles
Sep 17, 2018 - Post from the American Academy of Family Physician's Fresh Perspectives blog, which features posts from doctors new to practice. Highlights the impact hiring a Community Health Worker in a small town practice has had on improving patients' health and removing barriers to accessing care.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians, Fresh Perspectives
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USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for More than 442,000 Rural Americans Across 42 States
Sep 17, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the investment of $392 million through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states. This funding will support 120 projects in communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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NQF Releases Report to Improve Access and Health Needs of Rural Communities
Sep 17, 2018 - Press release announcing that the National Quality Forum (NQF) has released a report identifying a core set of best available quality measures that would address key challenges rural residents and providers face and which includes recommendations that address the availability, accessibility, and affordability of care. This report, A Core Set of Rural-Relevant Measures, is available online.
Source: National Quality Forum
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About the Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women and New Moms Challenge
Sep 14, 2018 - Announcement of the Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women and New Moms Challenge, which launches on September 19, 2018. This challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support tech innovations to improve access to quality healthcare for pregnant women with opioid use disorders and their families, especially those in rural and geographically isolated areas.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health
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As Hurricane Florence Approaches, the Rural Carolinas Brace For Impact
Sep 12, 2018 - Details concerns about emergency preparedness and response in North and South Carolina in the lead up to Hurricane Florence. Because rural areas tend to be home to older, sicker, and poorer people, and because of more limited transportation and broadband access, rural residents may be more severely impacted by this kind of storm.
Source: City Lab
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When Seconds Count: One Funder's Work to Improve Stroke Outcomes in Rural America
Sep 10, 2018 - Highlights the philanthropic work of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to expand and enhance stroke care in the upper Midwest, with a specific focus on their recent work in Nebraska. Stroke mortality in rural areas can be as much as 30% higher than in urban areas, but investments in these largely-rural states with longer emergency response time work to reduce this disparity.
Source: Inside Philanthropy
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New Data Provides a Deeper Understanding of Life Expectancy Gaps
Sep 10, 2018 - Blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announcing a new interactive tool, compiled by the United States Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimate Project (USALEEP), that allows users to access life expectancy estimates by census tract. Life expectancy can vary widely based on where people live due to a number of factors. By providing extremely local data, the hope is that this tool can shine a light on inequities and equip local leaders to address them. USALEEP is a joint effort of the RWJF, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Association for Public Health Information Systems (NAPHSIS).
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Culture of Health Blog
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USDA Partners with Communities to Support Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Opportunities in Rural America
Sep 10, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $10.7 million to support opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery through the Community Facilities program. This funding will support 85 projects in 22 states.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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MAP Rural Health: Technical Expert Panel Call for Nominations
Sep 7, 2018 - The National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking nominations for a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) of up to three nationally known experts in statistics or measure methodology to develop recommendations on how to address the challenge of calculating healthcare measures when case volume is low. Nominations are due by September 24, 2018.
Source: National Quality Forum
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USDA Partners with HHS to Support Rural Communities Combating Opioid Misuse
Sep 6, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a group of Cooperative Extension partners will be eligible to apply for grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help rural communities working to address the opioid epidemic. Grants will be offered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) via the Rural Opioid Technical Assistance (ROTA) program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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CDC: Surgeon General's Call to Action: “Community Health and Prosperity” Federal Register
Sep 6, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments by November 5, 2018 on an upcoming Surgeon General's Call to Action entitled "Community Health and Prosperity." The purpose of the Call is to show that investments in community health can improve the health and prosperity of communities and to encourage the private sector and policymakers to invest in community health improvements.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA to Implement Regulatory Reforms to Increase Access to Capital in Rural Areas
Sep 5, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is hosting listening sessions to solicit feedback on a plan to increase access to capital in rural areas by streamlining regulations for four Rural Development loan guarantee programs. These programs are the Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program, the Water and Waste Disposal Guaranteed Loan Program, the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and the Rural Energy for America Program. These listening sessions can be attended virtually, and will take place in Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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A Rural Town Banded Together to Open a Hospital. Its Foe? A Larger Hospital.
Sep 5, 2018 - Details efforts within a rural town in Florida to open a new hospital. The area has a high poverty rate and significant health disparities, many related to the distance people have to travel for care. In addition to regulatory and financial hurdles, a larger hospital 40 miles away has asked the state to deny their proposal, a move that has delayed plans to build the hospital. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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How Hospitals Are Addressing the Needs of Underserved Children
Sep 4, 2018 - Highlights three hospitals from around the country that work to improve the health of underserved children, two of which are in rural areas. Winona Health in Minnesota holds Healthy Kids events to reduce childhood obesity through physical activity in play environments. FirstHealth in North Carolina has established three dental care centers to increase access to oral healthcare.
Source: American Hospital Association
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Sick River: Can These California Tribes Beat Heroin and History?
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the struggles of several tribes in Northern California related to drug use and environmental factors impacting health, access to food, and economic stability. These issues are intertwined, with the health of the river and the desperation its pollution creates both spiritually and for people who rely on it for subsistence fishing influencing drug use. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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USDA Partners to Provide Transitional Housing for Rural People in Recovery from Opioid Misuse
Aug 31, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) announced an innovative agreement in which a nonprofit organization will purchase homes from the USDA and convert them to transitional housing for people recovering from opioid misuse. Also details the first agreement in this initiative between the USDA RD and the Isaiah House in Kentucky.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Dead Reckoning: America's System of Coroners and Medical Examiners is Facing Unprecedented Challenges
Aug 31, 2018 - Details the increased workload on coroners, medical examiners, and forensic pathologists in part due to the opioid epidemic, focusing on Kentucky to shine a light on the national issue. Coroners' offices are struggling under the increased workload and expense, in some cases risking or even losing their accreditation. But even with funding, medical examiners can be difficult to recruit or retain due to high medical school debt and the lower pay scale and there are only 500 board-certified forensic pathologists in the country, less than half of the estimated need. This increased pressure can lead to less in-depth investigations of deaths, which may also impact public health.
Source: Governing
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USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Bridge the Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure Gap
Aug 29, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created a new webpage that provides direct access to information on programs that currently offer more than $700 million per year for modern broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities and, in the coming months, will offer an additional $600 million to expand rural broadband infrastructure in unserved rural areas and tribal lands.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Connect America Fund Auction to Expand Broadband To Over 700,000 Rural Homes And Businesses
Aug 28, 2018 - Press release from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which revealed that the Connect America Fund Auction results indicate that over 700,000 rural homes and small businesses will gain access to high-speed internet. $1.488 billion will be distributed to 103 providers in 45 states over the next ten years to expand rural broadband service in underserved areas.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Broadband and the Opioid Epidemic: Connecting Rural Communities to Hope
Aug 27, 2018 - Guest post for the Rural Broadband Association by Anne Hazlett, the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Discusses the impact of broadband internet access on rural economies and on rural residents' access to healthcare, including behavioral healthcare. Touches on mental health, the opioid epidemic, and efforts to expand broadband access.
Source: The Rural Broadband Association
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The Health 202: Here's Why Rural Independent Pharmacies Are Closing Their Doors
Aug 23, 2018 - Cites a report by the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, which found that more than 16% of independently owned rural pharmacies shut down between 2003 and 2018. Discusses possible reasons for such closings. (May require subscription to view entire article)
Source: The Washington Post
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CMS Announces New Model to Address Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children
Aug 23, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) as a new Innovation Center payment and service delivery model. As part of the larger strategy to address the opioid epidemic, this model aims to reduce expenditures and improve the quality of care for children under 21 years of age covered by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through prevention, early identification, and treatment of behavioral and physical health needs.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Wanted: Rural Doctors
Aug 22, 2018 - Discusses the great need for doctors in rural areas, focusing on Alabama to illustrate the national problem. Highlights a number of barriers to recruitment and retention for rural areas including lower salaries, high student debt, lack of opportunities in rural areas for spouses, and more.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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PCORI Board Approves $85 Million to Support New Studies on Opioids, Cancer and Other High-Burden Conditions
Aug 21, 2018 - The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors has approved $85 million in grants for 16 projects that will compare two or more approaches to improving care and outcomes for a range of conditions, including opioid use, cancer, depression, and stroke.
Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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A Conversation with Andrea Wendling
Aug 21, 2018 - Radio interview with Andrea Wendling, M.D., Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Rural Medicine Curriculum at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM). Discussion includes isolation faced by rural physicians and the work of the Rural Community Health Program, a rural training program for MSU-CHM medical students, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Patient Care Access Suffers Under IHS Clinician Shortage Problems
Aug 20, 2018 - Discusses the clinician shortage at the Indian Health Service (IHS), which extends to all provider types. Though the shortage varies between locations and provider types, it negatively impacts patient access to care when facilities have to cut services due to vacancies. Some of the shortage can be explained by the fact that most IHS facilities are located in rural areas where it can be difficult to recruit providers to work.
Source: Patient Engagement HIT
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CMS Awards $8.6 Million in Funding to States to Help Stabilize Markets
Aug 20, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded $8.6 million to 30 states and the District of Columbia to strengthen health insurance markets through innovative measures that aim to support market reforms and consumer protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). These funds come from unspent State Rate Review Grant funding from prior years, provided by the PPACA to improve the process for how states review proposed health insurance rates.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Risk: Mobile Clinics Help Tackle Multifaceted Opioid Crisis
Aug 20, 2018 - Describes the work of two mobile clinics in the Ohio Valley working to help minimize the harm caused by the opioid epidemic. One provides education about the use of naloxone, teaching people how to help a person who has overdosed on opioids, as well as distributing naloxone. The other offers needle-cleaning kits, testing for hepatitis C, and refers people to other health services in their area. Using a mobile clinic allows these programs to reach rural people who might not have the ability to travel for these services.
Source: WFPL News
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