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Sep 18, 2020 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, many barriers to telehealth services were removed due to new regulatory changes, benefitting both mental healthcare providers and their patients. Describes how telehealth can increase access to mental health services in rural areas as clinicians can work across state lines, discusses how the public could benefit from the telehealth expansions remaining in place after the pandemic.
Source: Vox
Sep 18, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is requesting expressions of interest for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board to serve 3-year terms beginning January 2021. The membership of the Board must include rural representation. The FirstNet Authority Board is responsible for providing overall policy direction and oversight of the FirstNet Authority to ensure that the nationwide network continuously meets the needs of public safety. Expressions of interest are due by October 19, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 8, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection to obtain information in order to assess Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) applicants' eligibility, qualifications for the program, and information on eligible site applicants. Comments on the information collection are due by October 8, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 27, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) extending the timeline for publication of a final rule to modernize and clarify the physician self-referral regulations, originally proposed in October 2019. This allows CMS more time to analyze comments received on the proposed rule and make revisions where necessary. The final rule will be published by August 31, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 24, 2020 - Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services to allow state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and certain pharmacy interns to administer, any vaccine that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends for people age 3-18. Also clarifies the category of diseases, health conditions, or threats for which covered countermeasures should be used to include not only COVID-19, but also others conditions that may have been caused by COVID-19, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which could lead to an increase in the rate of infectious disease. This amendment is effective as of August 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 19, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to vaccines for children as they return to daycare and school. Includes requirements for State-licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children aged 3 to 18 years.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 19, 2020 - Features a rural physician in California whose decision to practice in rural areas began when he was completing his family medicine training at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. Describes how rural areas are in need of more physicians and highlights initiatives at UC Davis that aim to increase the number of physicians from underrepresented groups and place them in areas where they are most needed.
Source: UC Davis Magazine
Aug 18, 2020 - Many rural school districts in Wisconsin lack a full-time school nurse, describing how difficult it can be to get available funding or find someone who wants to work in a rural area. Without medically-trained staff, teachers often stretch beyond their intended role to fill the gaps.
Source: WSAW
Aug 14, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has put extra pressure on physicians and other healthcare workers; in response, some health systems are using connected health platforms to connect stressed employees with virtual behavioral health services. Discusses how telehealth addresses physician burnout and improves work-life balance, and will continue to do so after the pandemic.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Aug 13, 2020 - In rural West Virginia, emergency service calls decreased early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, but in May, calls skyrocketed due to an increase in motor vehicle accidents, elderly health problems, and drug overdoses. Describes how the additional cost of COVID-19 personal protective equipment has impacted emergency medical service finances and discusses the toll the job takes on the mental health of personnel.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia