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Jan 31, 2024 - Describes the concept of medical robots being used for surgery. States that the innovation, currently being piloted in space travel, could offer solutions for healthcare in extreme and remote conditions including rural hospitals.
Source: KFXL
Jan 31, 2024 - Highlights the opening of a new cancer center on the North Carolina Outer Banks and discusses their history offering cancer care and other healthcare services. Discusses common rural healthcare issues such as access and recruitment of workforce.
Source: WTKR
Jan 30, 2024 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comments on all aspects of data related to the MA program, including data not currently collected. CMS is especially interested in data-related recommendations related to beneficiary access to care, including provider directories and networks; prior authorization and utilization management, including denials of care and beneficiary experience with appeals processes as well as use and reliance on algorithms; cost and utilization of different supplemental benefits; all aspects of MA marketing and consumer decision-making; care quality and outcomes, including value-based care arrangements and health equity; and special populations such as individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and other enrollees with complex conditions. Comments are due by May 29, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 29, 2024 - Highlights a program in rural Illinois assisting local leaders, business owners, hospital administrators, and more prepare for an influx in funding for broadband expansion. Describes the challenges rural counties often have in accessing federal funds. Discusses telehealth and agriculture as two areas expected to be positively impacted by faster internet service.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 29, 2024 - A rural New York county is hiring its own child development specialists in an effort to decrease long waiting periods for care due to workforce shortages. Notes the benefits of early intervention for both the child and other public health services. Discusses COVID impacts and challenges to accessing care for local families.
Source: The Ithaca Voice
Jan 28, 2024 - Profiles a new health clinic opening in rural South Carolina. The clinic will offer diabetes management as well as mobile health units visiting the surrounding region.
Source: The Times and Democrat
Jan 27, 2024 - Highlights the East Tennessee State University Department of Family Medicine's efforts to send residents into rural areas in an attempt to address predicted primary care shortages in rural areas.
Source: Citizen Tribune
Jan 27, 2024 - Discusses disparities in substance abuse overdoses for tribal members in Washington, noting efforts by the tribes to address addiction as well as proposed legislation from the state. States that access to treatment is challenging in rural locations.
Source: Sequim Gazette
Jan 25, 2024 - Highlights challenges with accessing maternal care on tribal lands and in rural Minnesota. Discusses workforce shortages and low reimbursement rates from Medicaid as drivers of department closures. Notes high infant and maternal mortality rates for Indigenous Minnesotans.
Source: Minnesota Reformer
Jan 25, 2024 - Announces new proposed bipartisan legislation that aims to remove barriers to mental health telehealth care for Medicare patients. The legislation would remove the requirement that a patient be seen in person before receiving telehealth services. Notes the positive impact this legislation would have on rural residents.
Source: Office of Senator Tina Smith