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News by Topic: Access

Oct 19, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is requesting tribal and urban programs submit comments on the IHS COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccination Draft Plan by October 21, 2020. Includes additional COVID-19 resources from other federal agencies.
Source: Indian Health Service
Oct 19, 2020 - Addresses the rise in domestic violence and abuse in rural America during the COVID-19 pandemic, with economic pressures and limited access to transportation contributing to the increase. Describes how social distancing requirements limits shelter capacity, discusses the potential long-term impacts on children exposed to domestic violence.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 19, 2020 - Highlights a telehealth program in North Carolina that will connect emergency medicine doctors with first responders to evaluate patients with chest pain and help decide if they should receive treatment at a hospital or a county health department. The program aims to reduce healthcare costs and improve rural patient outcomes.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Oct 16, 2020 - Describes the challenges rural health providers have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they have adapted to address those barriers. Discusses how rural health collaboratives are relying on self-reported data, utilizing telehealth to increase access to mental health and addiction services, and offering curbside or virtual visits with providers.
Source: The Conversation
Oct 15, 2020 - In rural Louisa County, Virginia, reliable broadband is hard to access, so when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to shift to remote learning, county officials deployed 22 solar-powered hotspot units throughout the county. Describes how hotspots are not substitutes for true broadband infrastructure, but the technology has allowed students and families the opportunity to access internet.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 14, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added 11 new telehealth services to the list of services Medicare Fee-For-Service will pay for during the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS also provided additional support to state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their efforts to expand access to telehealth.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Oct 14, 2020 - The Rural Health Value Team is hosting a virtual discussion on October 28, 2020 to identify opportunities, questions, and potential next steps for organizations interested in the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Community Transformation Track funding opportunity released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI).
Source: Rural Health Value
Oct 13, 2020 - Podcast covers what happens during a medical emergency in Fort Scott, Kansas, a rural town whose hospital shut down, leaving the community with little access to adequate healthcare. Residents of the town discuss what kind of healthcare is necessary to make up for the hospital closure, especially in the event of an emergency.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Oct 13, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced 386 applicants that are qualified to bid in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction. Qualified bidders will compete to receive up to $16 billion over ten years to provide broadband to wholly unserved areas. Bidding begins on October 29, 2020.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Oct 13, 2020 - While telehealth increases access to healthcare services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, an analysis describes how broadband speeds in rural areas are insufficient, with up to 37 percent of rural residents lacking access to broadband. Discusses federal efforts to support the expanded use of telehealth in rural communities, describes the need to roll out rural broadband infrastructure.
Source: The Daily Yonder