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Rural Health
News by Topic: Health occupations

Dec 10, 2019 - Features Dr. Alan Michels, who moved to rural Arizona to open a family practice and eventually become Chief of Staff at a local medical center. Details his alignment with the MHA Foundation and the work they do to provide care and recruit medical professionals in rural areas.
Source: Payson Roundup
Dec 10, 2019 - Describes how some hospitals in Maine do not have any sexual assault forensic examiners, leaving patients from rural areas to travel far distances to seek care. Some hospitals are partnering to share specialized staff and train new examiners, but they often face challenges with retention and funding the trainings.
Source: Bangor Daily News
Dec 10, 2019 - Summarizes a recent report that highlights an increase in behavioral health providers in Nebraska. Describes strategies the Behavioral Health Education Center has been taking to grow the workforce in rural areas, like increasing educational opportunities, creating professional networks, and partnering with supportive organizations.
Source: Nebraska TV
Dec 10, 2019 - A Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Colorado hired a new physician to treat patients and train other medical professionals to practice at rural VA hospitals around the country. Describes the Commission Corps Officer program and its intent to address doctor shortages in rural America.
Source: The Daily Sentinel
Dec 9, 2019 - Reminder from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that the Virtual Groups Election Period for the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Performance Period ends December 31, 2019.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Dec 6, 2019 - Short documentary covers the lack of access to mental health services in rural counties. Addresses how rural Americans with a serious mental illness are more likely to encounter police and live without treatment.
Source: The Atlantic
Dec 5, 2019 - A hospital in rural Minnesota partnered with a local insurer to hire a social worker for patients who visit the emergency department (ED) at least three times in a span of four months. The social worker focuses on addressing the mental health and social support needs of ED frequent flyers, decreasing the number of visits and overall cost of care to the hospital.
Source: Health Leaders Media
Dec 3, 2019 - A recently released report by the state of Georgia shows an increase in the number of primary care physicians, but major shortages still exist. Describes initiatives the state is taking to further close the provider gap, such as investing in residency programs and offering financial incentives to those who choose to practice in rural and underserved areas.
Source: Georgia Health News
Dec 2, 2019 - Identifies counties in South New Jersey as having a shortage of physicians and nurses as well as low per-capita income and poor health outcomes. Discusses possible solutions to the shortage, such as allowing nurses to have more authority and decreasing the cost of medical school.
Source: NJ Spotlight
Nov 29, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the 2020 meetings of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which will include discussion and voting on proposals for physician-focused payment models (PFPMs). The meetings are open to the public and may be attended in person, via livestream, or by conference call. The 2020 meeting dates are: March 16, June 22-23, September 15-16, and December 7-8.
Source: Federal Register