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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a discussion of the substance use prevention workforce and opioid use prevention and updates on CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
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A Conversation with Kate Hill
Jul 17, 2018 - Radio interview with Kate Hill, a registered nurse and the Vice President of Clinical Services at The Compliance Team (TCT) where she directs their Rural Health Clinic Accreditation program. Discussion includes the work of TCT and how accreditation works, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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‘Recovery Is Possible — and We’re Examples of It’
Jul 10, 2018 - Discusses behavioral health peer support specialists in Montana, where the professional was formalized last year. Peer supporters are people who have dealt with addiction or mental illness in the past and who, with professional training, help others work through their present struggles with these issues. Touches on a project called Never Alone that was developed in a rural town in the state to provide a drop-in center with recovery groups in the evenings during the week and social activities on the weekends.
Source: High Country News
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Montana Is Losing Essential Mental Health Services
Jul 9, 2018 - Highlights the barriers to accessing mental and behavioral healthcare in Montana. Also touches on the history of mental healthcare in the state and on efforts to overcome those barriers. Montana spent $241 per capita on state mental health programs in 2015 and was ranked 29th in the nation. By contrast, neighboring North Dakota only spent $94 per capita and was ranked 15th.
Source: High Country News
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Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care
Jul 5, 2018 - Highlights efforts in Texas to provide integrated mental and physical healthcare. This is especially difficult in rural areas of the state, which already struggle to recruit providers and which may not be able to support the additional workforce.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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A Conversation with Katie Peterson
Jul 3, 2018 - Radio interview with Katie Peterson, Chief Nursing Officer at Pender Community Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Pender, Nebraska. Discussion includes Pender and its hospital, recruitment and retention, and the hospital's work with behavioral health and telehealth, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Illinois to Expand Number of Physician Assistants Allowed By Law
Jun 28, 2018 - Highlights a bill in Illinois that, if signed by Governor Bruce Rauner, would increase the number of physician assistants a doctor is allowed to collaborate with and remove the upper limit on physician assistants in areas facing a shortage of healthcare providers. The aim of this bill is to increase access to primary care in rural and underserved areas of the state and keep providers who want to work in those areas in the state.
Source: Illinois Newsroom
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HRSA: Removing Outmoded Regulations Regarding the Rural Physician Training Grant Program, Definition of “Underserved Rural Community” Federal Register
Jun 27, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to remove outmoded regulations related to the Rural Physician Training Grant Program definition of “Underserved Rural Community,” effective July 27, 2018. Funding for the program was authorized at section 749B(i) Public Health Service Act for fiscal years 2010-2013, but never appropriated and the program was not implemented. Should the program be funded in the future, HRSA will define underserved rural communities through policy documents at that time.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Health Resources and Service Administration Uniform Data System, OMB No. 0915-0193-Revision Federal Register
Jun 26, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment regarding the burden estimate for information collected through the HRSA Uniform Data System (UDS) from grantees, including health centers and look-alikes, and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program awardees. Notice includes several proposed changes for the 2019 UDS collection. Comments are due by August 27, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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ER Staffing Split Along Urban-Rural Divide
Jun 18, 2018 - New research shows that the shortage of emergency physicians in rural areas is severe and the reasons behind it range from job location choice to budgetary and strategic factors.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
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