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Rural Health
News by Topic: Emergency department and urgent care services

Sep 8, 2021 - Reports on the challenges facing rural ambulance services that serve large sections of Eastern Colorado and the increase of COVID-19 patient calls. Discusses limited resources for both ambulance services and rural emergency departments, requiring transportation several hours to urban hospitals.
Source: KUSA-TV
Sep 7, 2021 - Reports on hospitalization increases in Washington state, noting a 34% weekly increase in patients on ventilators and shortages in rural areas. Notes that the shortages are impacting emergency care for individuals infected with COVID-19 and patients with other conditions.
Source: Q13 Fox Seattle
Aug 31, 2021 - Reports on challenges facing rural emergency departments (EDs) related to telehealth program implementation, noting that costs can range from $17,000 to $50,000 with additional subscription and maintenance costs, according to an article published in the JAMA Health Forum. Discusses the reimbursement barriers that make telehealth additionally challenging for rural EDs as well as the potential to offer specialty care rather than transferring patients to larger hospitals.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Aug 30, 2021 - Announces $5.6 million in funding to support rural emergency medical services (EMS) training, focusing on mental health and substance use disorder emergencies. Supported equipment and training include opioid overdose antidotes, training to administer antidotes, and EMS equipment.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration