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Feb 29, 2024 - A new partnership between 24 rural and urban tribal organizations will address physician shortages in tribal communities by advocating for more graduate medical education opportunities in tribal medical facilities. The group aims to improve existing health disparities for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Source: Native News Online
Feb 28, 2024 - Describes the technical assistance available to rural hospitals through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Rural Health Association (NRHA). NRHA offers guidance with hospital finances and leadership training opportunities for administrators.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Feb 16, 2024 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration announcing the March 25–26, 2024, meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry is canceled. Future meetings this calendar year will be held on August 2, 2024, and on another date that will be announced at least 30 days before the meeting date.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 16, 2024 - Highlights Project ECHO Nevada, a telementoring program for rural healthcare providers. Discusses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on participation. Highlights the improved quality of care offered as a result of participation in the program. Discusses future plans for the program.
Source: Nevada Today
Feb 12, 2024 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical and typographical corrections to the November 16, 2023, final rule. This notice is effective February 12, 2024, and is applicable January 1, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 9, 2024 - Summarizes recent research finding that behavioral workforce participation in training programs focused on rural and other underserved communities leads to greater retention and job satisfaction in rural communities.
Source: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Feb 8, 2024 - Discusses projected nursing workforce shortages in Arizona. Discusses the causes and impact of shortages in both rural and urban areas, noting that rural residents are often required to travel to urban areas to access care leading to overburdened facilities. Highlights strategies to reduce the shortage.
Source: Cronkite News
Feb 8, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) aiming to improve the electronic exchange of healthcare data and streamline processes related to prior authorization through new requirements for Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations, state Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) programs, state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) FFS programs, Medicaid managed care plans, CHIP managed care entities, and Qualified Health Plan issuers on the Federally-facilitated Exchanges. This final rule will also add new measures for eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to report under the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program and for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians to report under the MIPS Promoting Interoperability performance category. These regulations are effective April 8, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 8, 2024 - Profiles a Nebraska family working to reduce suicide in their rural area by addressing stigma. Discusses behavioral health workforce shortages in Nebraska and integrating mental healthcare into school settings.
Source: 1011 Now
Feb 7, 2024 - Highlights proposed legislation in Colorado to address availability of mental health resources for the agricultural community. Discusses mental healthcare workforce shortages, distances to care, and the unique barriers experienced by migrant workers.
Source: KFF Health News