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Farmers Operating Equipment on Roads Should Be Cautious of Alcohol-impaired Drivers, Especially During Nighttime Work
Dec 14, 2017 - Highlights the findings of a new report that found that 75% of farm equipment-related crashes resulted in injury or death. Many of these crashes involved a driver impaired by alcohol rear-ending or running head-on into the farm equipment. There alcohol-impaired crashes occurred more often at night and on weekends, prompting concern for farmers working around the clock during certain times of the year.
Source: Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
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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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USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in the Safety, Health of Farmers
Dec 8, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded six new grants to support farmer health and safety. These grants, funded through the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) Program and state and regional AgrAbility initiatives, aim to prevent serious injuries and fatalities associated with farming through education and support.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Federal Register
Nov 15, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) addressing changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Also includes policies necessary to begin offering the expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program model, and information about new care coordination services and payments for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQCHs). Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018. Additional information is available on the November 2, 2017, CMS fact sheet.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA Helps Rural Communities Thrive With Health, Safety Outreach
Nov 13, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced that it would be supporting health education projects for individuals and families in rural areas through the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grant Program. These grants were awarded to extension agents and land-grant universities in nine states with a focus on prevention and reduction of opioid abuse and chronic disease prevention and management.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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CMS Won’t Cover Telehealth in Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
Nov 3, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) declined to cover virtual weight management coaching programs in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, citing concerns that the mHealth and telehealth platform isn't reliable enough. CMS will, however, consider testing the platform in a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) demonstration project. Advocates for the platform are concerned that lack of reimbursement will threaten access to these services for rural patients.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals With Acute Kidney Injury, and End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program Federal Register
Nov 1, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating and revising the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year 2018. This rule also sets forth requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) and updates payment rates for renal dialysis services furnished by ESRD facilities to individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI). Provides information specific to small rural hospitals and treatment facilities located in rural areas. Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Why Appalachia Has One of the Nation's Highest Mortality Rates — and How Technology Could Help
Oct 24, 2017 - Discusses a recent report from the Appalachian Regional Commission on health disparities in Appalachia, including higher rates of stroke and suicide, and higher mortality rates for heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, injury, and diabetes. Also details access issues related to distance and demand for physicians and the impact of poverty on health. Touches on telemedicine as a potential intervention while detailing the barriers to that approach.
Source: The Post
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Senior Suicides Spike, Especially for White Men
Oct 20, 2017 - Highlights the high rates of suicide for older white men in North Carolina, especially those over 85, and discusses some of the possible causes, including social isolation. Also explores a program built to reduce that isolation in one rural community and links to a depression management program for seniors.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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Traumatic Experiences Widespread Among U.S. Youth, New Data Show
Oct 19, 2017 - Highlights new data on the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) across the country, in individual states, and by demographics like race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Also touches on the lifelong impact ACEs can have on a person's health and well-being and ways to mitigate these impacts by building resilience in children.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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