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Nov 30, 2023 - Highlights a midwifery satellite program opening in Missouri. The program aims to reduce health disparities for rural Black women through access to prenatal and postpartum care in maternity care deserts.
Nov 29, 2023 - Profile of a Native American doctor's career in medicine. Discusses recruitment and retention of Native physicians and the impact that historical trauma has had on her decision to become a physician.
Source: Northwest Public Broadcasting
Nov 27, 2023 - Discusses the work of the Reaching Rural Initiative, a program offering collaboration to address the rural opioid crisis. Highlights a project in North Carolina developed as part of the Initiative which offers a new community paramedicine program and reentry navigators which help recently incarcerated people access treatment and therapy services.
Source: Route Fifty
Nov 26, 2023 - Summarizes recent research finding that 17% of Medicare patients travel 50 or more miles for neurology care, noting that the travel burden is higher for residents of rural areas. Discusses the impact of travel time on follow-up care, the potential for telehealth, and workforce shortages.
Source: Fortune Well
Nov 24, 2023 - Highlights the use of telehealth in rural ambulance services in South Dakota, useful for rural medics with less experience treating severe injuries. Notes that South Dakota has the only statewide program in the country.
Source: CBS News, KFF Health News
Nov 23, 2023 - Highlights a new community ambulance service in rural Texas offering non-emergency healthcare. Community paramedics are able to offer vaccines, pre and postnatal care, and more within the patient's home.
Source: Fox4 Beaumont
Nov 22, 2023 - Highlights 4 medical students' who are choosing to practice in rural areas. Discusses how they chose their career paths, student debt, and their recommendations to increase exposure to rural health in medical school curriculums.
Source: Rural Health Voices
Nov 22, 2023 - Notice of final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2024. This rule also updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program, ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, and the Rural Emergency Hospital Quality Reporting (REHQR) Program and would establish payment for certain intensive outpatient services under Medicare. Among other things, this notice also makes changes to the community mental health center (CMHC) Conditions of Participation (CoPs) to provide requirements for furnishing intensive outpatient (IOP) services and finalizes a technical correction to the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) Conditions of Participation and outlines a payment methodology for Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals that convert to REH status. These regulations are effective on January 1, 2024. Comments are due by January 1, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 22, 2023 - Interviews 3 former National Rural Health Association Rural Health Fellows about their experiences in the program and the impact on their careers.
Source: Rural Health Voices
Nov 21, 2023 - New grant funding will allow Missouri clinicians to increase long COVID care access and improve outcomes for rural and other underserved communities. The project will support primary care clinicians with support and education as well as offer case managers to assist long COVID patients with insurance and other resources.
Source: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis