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CDFI: Funding Opportunities: Capital Magnet Fund; 2018 Funding Round Federal Register
Jul 20, 2018 - Announcement of a funding opportunity for the Capital Magnet Fund, sponsored by the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to provide financial assistance grants to CDFIs and other qualified nonprofit organizations that develop and manage affordable housing for low-income families. Applications are due in by August 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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When the Lone Doctor Is Out, Telemedicine Keeps This ER Running
Jul 18, 2018 - Highlights how one rural Texas community uses telemedicine to help provide emergency care when their single community doctor isn't working. This arrangement allows the hospital to be licensed as a trauma facility and means that community members as well as motorists passing through can have access to emergency care twenty four hours a day.
Source: Houston Chronicle
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It’s 4 A.M. The Baby’s Coming. But the Hospital Is 100 Miles Away.
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of access to obstetric care in much of the rural areas of the county, focusing on a community in Missouri where the local hospital recently closed and many surrounding hospitals have closed their obstetrics units, making the distance to care significant. Also touches on the impact to a rural community when it loses a hospital and when it loses this specific kind of care. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The New York Times
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SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an open meeting on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include an assessment of SAMHSA's current strategies and a discussion on American Indian/Native American women with behavioral health needs. Additionally, the ACWS will speak with the Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use regarding access to behavioral health services for women and children.
Source: Federal Register
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Telemedicine in N.H.
Jul 17, 2018 - Radio interview on the state of telemedicine in New Hampshire, including use, growth, and existing barriers. Guests include Kevin Curtis from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Alisa Druzba from New Hampshire Rural Health and Primary Care at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Cathy J. Leer from Family Physical Therapy Services, and Jeanne Ryer from the New Hampshire Citizens Initiative at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for Health Policy and Practice.
Source: New Hampshire Public Radio
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Mobile Food Banks Roll to Isolated, Rural Poor
Jul 16, 2018 - Highlights the work of the West Alabama Food Bank's mobile pantry which delivers food to people in nine rural counties in Alabama, many poor, aging, or disabled. With poverty levels higher in rural areas than in urban, food insecurity concentrated in rural areas, and more limited transportation options in rural areas, mobile food pantries are an attempt to bridge the gap.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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In Rural Wyoming, Women Must Often Travel Great Distances for Prenatal Care
Jul 15, 2018 - Details the barriers to accessing obstetrical care in rural areas of Wyoming, including a lack of providers, transportation issues, and the costs associated with travel. Also touches on some efforts to improve access within the state.
Source: Caspar Star Tribune
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Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., On Formation of A New Drug Shortages Task Force and FDA’s Efforts to Advance Long-Term Solutions to Prevent Shortages
Jul 12, 2018 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the formation of a Drug Shortages Task Force to delve into the causes for prescription drug shortages as well as looking into potential solutions. This task force will include senior leaders from the FDA as well as from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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New CMS Proposals to Modernize and Drive Innovation in Durable Medical Equipment and End-Stage Renal Disease Programs
Jul 11, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed innovative changes to the payment rules for Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. These changes aim to increase access to items for patients and simplify Medicare's DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program to drive competition and increase affordability. It also includes ESRD proposals, including to reduce facility-related documentation burden and to address new renal dialysis drug and biological costs and foster innovation in treatment by incentivizing new therapies for patients on dialysis.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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A Conversation with John Gardener
Jul 10, 2018 - Radio interview with John Gardener, CEO of the Telluride Regional Medical Center (TRMC) in Telluride, Colorado. Discussion includes the community of Telluride and the particularities of healthcare there, including efforts to establish a Critical Access Hospital, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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