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The Drive To Quality And Access In Rural Health
Oct 17, 2018 - Focuses on the role quality measurement plays for rural participation in quality improvement initiatives and the relationship between access to care and quality in rural areas. Features the efforts of the National Quality Forum's Measure Applications Partnership Rural Health Workgroup, which recently identified a core set of quality measures to help address the unique needs of rural providers.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic
Oct 16, 2018 - Details the findings of a new poll on Life in Rural America from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions included the biggest problems facing rural people and their families, their optimism about the future, economic and health concerns, the opioid epidemic, and more.
Source: NPR
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County Teams with Co-op to Bring Telemedicine to Veterans
Oct 15, 2018 - Describes a collaboration between a rural Kentucky county's library, a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, and a rural telecom cooperative to offer medical services to veterans using telemedicine. The service, called the "Virtual Living Room," allows veterans to use the library's computers and broadband internet, provided by the co-op, to connect with their doctors at the VA hospital.
Source: National Association of Counties
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FCC: Accelerating Wireless and Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment Federal Register
Oct 15, 2018 - Summary of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order on wireless and broadband deployment. Includes guidance and rules to streamline the wireless infrastructure siting review process and identifies specific fee levels for the deployment of Small Wireless Facilities, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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Avera Receives Helmsley Grant to Extend Behavioral Health Telemedicine
Oct 10, 2018 - Avera Health, with funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, is adding behavioral health services to the list of telemedicine applications available through Avera eCARE in an effort to increase access to mental health services in rural areas. The virtual behavioral health team will first focus on providing services for people in crisis presenting at emergency departments and lend off-hours response support for inpatient psychiatric hospitals. Mobile support will also be provided to first responders dealing with individuals experiencing a crisis in order to get them care quickly.
Source: Avera eCARE
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FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
Oct 10, 2018 - Blog post by Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, sharing his experience in providing obstetrical care as a rural family physician in Alaska. Stresses the importance of family physicians and OB/Gyns working together in order to reverse trends in rural maternal and infant mortality.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Microsoft's Rural Access Program Enters Next Phase in Maine
Oct 10, 2018 - Highlights the next phase of Microsoft's Airband Initiative in Maine. The program provides funding to local internet service providers to expand broadband access to rural and hard to reach communities using alternate technologies like TV White Space and fixed fiber. Microsoft's ultimate goal is to increase access to telehealth services and to close the rural internet gap in the U.S. by July 2022.
Source: Mainebiz
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31 Percent of Rural Households Lack Access to Broadband Internet, According to White Paper
Oct 9, 2018 - A recent report from the Center for Rural Affairs shows that 31% of rural and 35% of tribal households still lack access to broadband services. The report also highlights challenges with broadband mapping resulting in inaccurate reporting of access.
Source: Center for Rural Affairs
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As I Quickly Learned, California’s North Coast Is a Tough Place to Find Mental Health Help
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post detailing the struggles to find mental health services in rural Mendocino County, California, written from the perspective of a writer who moved to the area and wrote a series of articles for the local paper on the issue.
Source: Center for Health Journalism
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Panel Studies Ways to Reduce Suicide Among Oklahoma Veterans
Oct 5, 2018 - The Oklahoma Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee met to discuss veteran suicide in Oklahoma. 21% of suicides in the state are veterans. Of Oklahoma veterans who have committed suicide, 80% were diagnosed with depression and 16% were diagnosed with PTSD. One of the issues identified was access related to veterans having to drive long distances for care.
Source: Owasso Reporter
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