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In Rural Washington, Pediatricians A Scarce Commodity
Mar 16, 2018 - Details the financial struggles faced by pediatric clinics in rural areas, focusing on one specific clinic that recently closed in large part due to serving a significant population using Apple Care, Washington state's Medicaid program, which has lower reimbursement rates. When these clinics close, patients in those communities have to travel long distances to access care.
Source: Spokane Public Radio
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Long Miles, Lonely Roads: In Rural Texas, Dying at Home Means Little Is Easy
Mar 15, 2018 - Details the difficulty rural Texas hospice patients face in accessing care. Hospice providers here cover large areas and often drive hours in order to see and care for patients, which can mean long wait times and some services being provided over the phone.
Source: STAT News
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Combating Alabama’s Rural Doctor Shortage
Mar 14, 2018 - Details Alabama's demand for physicians to work in rural areas and the work of the University of Alabama's Rural Health Leaders Pipeline to meet this demand. This collection of programs do outreach to rural elementary and middle schools to get kids interested in medical careers, offer a glimpse at pre-med college life for high school students, and provide a five-year rural medical education program beginning during the last year before med school.
Source: WBHM 90.3
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A Conversation with Burke Kline
Mar 13, 2018 - Radio interview with Dr. Burke Kline, CEO of Greeley County Health Services, a remote, frontier Critical Access Hospital that manages two Rural Health Clinics in Tribune, Kansas. Discussion includes the work of Greeley County Health Services including recruitment of healthcare providers and becoming an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Medical Cargo Could Be The Gateway For Routine Drone Deliveries
Mar 10, 2018 - Highlights several of the proposals that have been submitted to the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to speed the integration of drones into the national airspace. Many of these proposals include medical applications, like transporting blood, defibrillators, and samples for testing.
Source: NPR
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Rural Maternity Care Losses Lead to Childbirth Risks
Mar 9, 2018 - Details the results of a recent study that found that 179 rural counties lost hospital obstetric services between 2004 and 2014. Rural communities that were adjacent to urban areas lost 103 hospital-based obstetric services while non-adjacent rural communities lost 76. It also found that preterm births and births outside of the hospital increased after obstetric services were lost in rural counties. According to the CDC, preterm births are the most frequent single cause for infant mortality. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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Telehealth Gives Rural Tennessee Residents Access to Specialist Care
Mar 8, 2018 - Highlights the efforts of Tennessee's University Clinical Health, a physician group associated with the University of Tennessee's College of Medicine, to bring telehealth to rural and remote areas of west Tennessee. Two clinics serving McKenzie and Tipton counties will provide access to specialists through community health centers, clinics, and schools.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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Project ECHO Uses Telehealth to Improve Population Health: What’s Next for States?
Mar 7, 2018 - Highlights Project ECHO, a virtual learning and training model that uses video teleconferencing to improve access to healthcare for underserved people, focusing on the strides it has made in New Mexico as well as the other ways in which states have or will be deploying Project ECHO.
Source: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Treating Depression in Colorado’s Farm Country
Mar 7, 2018 - Details the challenges faced by rural farmers and ranchers in Colorado, both in terms of mental health challenges from occupational stressors and in terms of limited access to care and the stigma related to seeking care. Also highlights efforts to address these issues, including crisis lines.
Source: The Colorado Trust
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HRSA Recognizes Champions of Rural Health
Feb 28, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has acknowledged seven rural organizations for improving healthcare quality, developing and implementing innovative strategies, adopting evidence-based and promising practice models, and leading sustainable advancements in increasing access to healthcare.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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