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Jun 15, 2020 - Telehealth's potential to transform healthcare has been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also revealed the extent of the healthcare gap that exists for rural and low-income residents. Provides recommendations to address the gap, including investing in rural broadband, marrying chronic and home care, and expanding telehealth in mental healthcare facilities, emergency responder vehicles, and hospitals.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 15, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved $237.9 million in funding over three years to expand and improve mobile broadband networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Includes funding specifically devoted to deploying 5G networks.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 10, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau approved the tenth set of applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, approving 67 funding applications and $20.18 million in funding for rural and urban areas. To date, the FCC has approved nearly $105 million in funding to help healthcare providers implement telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 10, 2020 - Summarizes a new study that illuminated health and healthcare-related risks among rural residents compared to urban and suburban residents. Findings show rural residents are less likely to describe themselves as being in "excellent" or "good" health, as well as less likely to have health insurance, be offered various healthcare benefits, and use mobile health technology.
Source: Transamerica Center for Health Studies
Jun 9, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted procedures for Phase I of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction which will award up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for the deployment of fixed broadband to homes and businesses across rural America. Bidding in the auction will begin on October 29, 2020, with the application window for potential bidders opening on July 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 9, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a guide for patients and beneficiaries to ensure that non-emergency healthcare resumes safely and that patients receive in-person treatment that was postponed due to COVID-19. Recommendations cover facility considerations, testing and sanitation protocols, personal protective equipment and supplies, and workforce availability.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jun 8, 2020 - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Geoffrey Starks created the Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition (DOER) Program to commend organizations and individuals who have helped to make broadband service more available in unserved or underserved areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominations for the first round of recognitions are due by July 8, 2020.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 8, 2020 - The Journal for Rural Health, the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) scholarly journal, announced its 2020 Article of the Year, "Utilization of Interactive Clinical Video Telemedicine by Rural and Urban Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration Health Care System." The article explores the potential uses of clinical video telemedicine (CVT) in integrated healthcare systems, highlighting the use of CVT in the Veterans Health Administration and how its increased access to care for rural veterans.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Jun 8, 2020 - A community task force in rural Kentucky parked a fishing tournament trailer in an empty church parking lot and converted it into a free COVID-19 testing center. Tests were administered free to anyone who received a clinician's order, including patients from neighboring states such as Illinois, Tennessee, and Missouri.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 8, 2020 - Highlights a network of recovery programs in North Carolina that provide life-saving services to those recovering from drug misuse and abuse, as well as food, supplies, and other services to those in rural communities whose lives were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how they are dedicated to meeting their communities' most immediate needs, but looking ahead to what they can provide during the winter months as well.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia