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Healthcare Organizations Voice Worry over End of Net Neutrality
Dec 15, 2017 - Details the recent vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll back net neutrality regulations. Some healthcare organizations are concerned about the impact of this vote on telemedicine services and access to healthcare in rural areas.
Source: Health Data Management
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Georgia Fights Rural Doctor Shortage By Targeting Medical Students
Dec 14, 2017 - Details a scholarship for medical students in Georgia who agree to practice in a rural area of the state for four years. In Georgia, there are 6 counties without a physician, 63 counties without a pediatrician, and 79 counties without an OB-GYN.
Source: 90.1 FM WABE
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Auditor: 6 Rural Public Hospitals Struggling in Mississippi
Dec 13, 2017 - Discusses the rural-specific findings from a report from a Mississippi state auditor. Of 19 rural, county-owned hospitals in the state, two were in "excellent" financial condition, three were in "good" condition, eight were in "fair" condition, and six were in "poor" condition. Five rural public hospitals in the state have closed since 2010.
Source: The Seattle Times
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A Conversation with Roger Knak
Dec 12, 2017 - Radio interview with Roger Knak, the CEO of Fairview Regional Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital in Oklahoma. Discussion includes the work the hospital has done to address patient satisfaction and community health needs and the importance of rural health infrastructure, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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FCC and National Cancer Institute Champion Critical Role of Broadband in Rural Cancer Care
Dec 12, 2017 - Announces a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to increase broadband access and adoption in rural areas. The inaugural project, L.A.U.N.C.H. (Linking and Amplifying User-Centered Networks through Connected Health), is a public-private collaboration to improve broadband health connectivity in Appalachia and will target areas with high cancer mortality and low levels of broadband access.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System
Dec 12, 2017 - Life expectancy for Native Americans is 20 years shorter than the national average. Discusses some potential causes, including the Indian Health Service (IHS) being underfunded, discrimination, high poverty and uninsured rates in Native American communities, limited access to providers, and these various barriers leading people to stop trying to access care.
Source: NPR
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Colorado Divide: In Rural Colorado, Doctors Are Retiring and Dying — and No One Is Taking Their Place.
Dec 10, 2017 - Details Colorado's high demand for physicians. In several rural counties, there is no hospital, and in some there isn't a clinic either, meaning long travel times for residents to access care. Where practices exist, they often have positions open for years because they are unable to recruit physicians. With older doctors reaching retirement age or passing away, this issue is poised to get worse. Includes county-level data on healthcare facilities and leading causes of death in Colorado.
Source: The Denver Post
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Health Risks To Farmworkers Increase As Workforce Ages
Dec 7, 2017 - Discusses the aging farm workforce and factors that may be contributing to this reality. Declining health due to age and years of labor take a toll on farm workers, many of whom do not have private insurance and cannot access Medicaid.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Why Are America's Farmers Killing Themselves in Record Numbers?
Dec 6, 2017 - Discusses the high rates of suicide among people who work in agriculture, focusing on specific people who either committed suicide or dealt with depression, including the author herself, and on Dr. Mike Rosmann, an Iowa farmer, psychologist, and an expert on farmer behavioral health. Touches on contributing factors as well as efforts that have been implemented to combat farmer suicide.
Source: The Guardian
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Rural Hospitals Balk as Insurers Narrow Coverage Sites
Dec 1, 2017 - Focuses on a specific Critical Access Hospital in Indiana to highlight the impact of a change in health insurance policy. Some health insurers no longer pay for outpatient MRI and CT scans unless they are done in free-standing imaging centers, which are typically less expensive. However, because hospitals have to have their imaging machines available at all times for emergencies, sending patients elsewhere can significantly affect their bottom lines, especially for small and rural hospitals. Additionally, this rule may force patients to travel further for care. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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