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Jul 1, 2022 - Discusses telehealth responses to the increasing mental health crisis among children, adolescents, and young adults, including strategies to address workforce and access issues by connecting rural mental health clinics and schools with child psychiatrists. Highlights state-level initiatives in Texas, and notes additional issues related to broadband access, internet connectivity, and telehealth policy flexibilities.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Jun 30, 2022 - Announces a new proposed rule establishing the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs), a new healthcare provider designation that aims to reduce healthcare disparities and support access to services in rural areas. Discusses the background of the REH designation and the process for submitting formal comments.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jun 24, 2022 - Discusses U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) programs that will participate in the federal Justice40 initiative to address environmental justice issues, climate change, and relief for underserved populations. Offers an overview of 13 programs that will participate in the project, including rural and tribal programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 22, 2022 - Announces the release of a $365 million resource package to support community capacity to address unsheltered homelessness through housing, healthcare, and support services. Describes the need in rural areas, for veterans, and other underserved groups, noting a $54.5 million set-aside for rural communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jun 17, 2022 - Announces $10 million in funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program to support medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. Notes the sharp increase in fentanyl and other opioid overdoses in rural and urban areas, and offers an overview of federal responses to the issue.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 14, 2022 - Announces the approval of new research funding opportunities, including $63 million for studies on reducing maternal health inequities and $50 million to study the management of multiple chronic conditions through telehealth, by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors. Describes the scope of each funding area and the need for research into maternal health inequities and chronic condition management.
Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Jun 9, 2022 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration of over $1.9 million awarded to grantees of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. The program is designed to assist communities in the development of integrated health networks among participants who have no history of formal collaboration.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Jun 8, 2022 - Announces nearly $15 million in funding for rural communities to address psychostimulant misuse and related overdose deaths. Describes the aims of the program and the need for reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use, including opioid use, in high risk rural communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 6, 2022 - Describes results of a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs, suggesting that people in rural areas of some states will be more affected than others by restrictions on interstate telehealth. Uses data from older adults covered by traditional Medicare, both before and during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: EurekAlert!
Jun 6, 2022 - Senator Kevin Cramer has introduced the Travel Nursing Agency Transparency Study Act. This legislation would require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study and report to Congress on the business practices and the effects of nurse staffing agencies across the healthcare industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Office of Senator Kevin Cramer

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