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Rural Health
News by Topic: Health occupations

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