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May 7, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on a proposed information collection project titled A Baseline of Injury and Psychosocial Stress for Applied Behavior Analysis Workers. This information collection is intended to better understand the work-related injuries and psychosocial stressors encountered by applied behavior analysis workers. Comments are due by July 6, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 4, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released the first of two grant opportunities, totaling $250 million, to develop and support a community-based workforce consisting of community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists, and others that will lend their trusted voices to share and promote vaccine information. Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan will be used to increase COVID-19 confidence and address barriers to vaccination for individuals living in vulnerable and medically underserved areas. A second opportunity will be released soon and will focus on smaller community-based organizations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 3, 2021 - Describes barriers to healthcare access in rural areas, such as hospital closures and physician shortages and the added impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights efforts to expand residency programs into rural areas and recommends new methods to recruit physicians and medical students into the rural healthcare workforce.
Source: Health Day
Apr 28, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issuing practice guidelines allowing eligible practitioners to treat up to 30 patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) using buprenorphine without having to meet certain federal certification requirements related to training, counseling, and other ancillary services. This guidance is intended to expand access to buprenorphine for OUD treatment. This guidance is effective April 28, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 27, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new practice guidelines that exempt eligible healthcare providers from federal certification and training requirements to obtain a waiver to treat up to 30 patients with buprenorphine. These actions aim to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 26, 2021 - Rural ambulance crews are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic due to lack of funding, volunteer shortages, and low call volumes. Examines the situation in Wyoming, where 10 localities are in danger of losing ambulance services. Explains how struggling ambulance services are accepting takeovers from hospitals and healthcare systems to stay afloat. (May require a subscription to view full article.)
Source: New York Times
Apr 19, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. State Department changing the certification authority for alien physicians from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This rule is effective May 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 15, 2021 - Addresses the nationwide shortage of primary care doctors, especially in rural areas where it can be difficult to recruit and retain healthcare workers. Features Mark Deutchman, physician and director of the Rural Track Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, who discusses challenges to recruitment and how the program encourages medical students to work in rural primary care.
Source: Colorado Public Radio
Apr 13, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). ACTPCMD provides recommendations on policy and program development for medicine and dentistry activities under Section 747 Title VII of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as well as developing, publishing, and implementing performance measures and evaluations for programs under Part C of Title VII of the PHS Act. Nominations are due by the end of the fiscal year.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 9, 2021 - Describes how the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) helps fill healthcare workforce shortages in rural communities and focuses on recruiting physicians from underrepresented groups. Discusses socioeconomic and health disparities present in rural communities, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural healthcare, and the challenges of recruiting rural physicians.
Source: PBS