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News by Topic: Health workforce education and training

New UM Docs Ready to Cross Montana to Begin Rural Family Medicine
Jul 2, 2018 - Details the University of Montana's Family Medicine Residency, which focuses on training doctors to work in the state, especially in rural and underserved areas. When the program began in 2013, it had 10 students and four faculty members. Now it has 30 residents and 13 faculty. This rural-focused residency was established to address Montana's growing need for primary care providers that is only expected to get worse as older doctors retire.
Source: Missoula Current
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HRSA Needs New and Experienced Grant Reviewers
Jun 28, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking experienced grant reviewers with expertise in health professions training, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health service, organ donation/transplantation, primary care for underserved populations, and rural healthcare.
Source: Grant Solutions
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HRSA: Removing Outmoded Regulations Regarding the Rural Physician Training Grant Program, Definition of “Underserved Rural Community” Federal Register
Jun 27, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to remove outmoded regulations related to the Rural Physician Training Grant Program definition of “Underserved Rural Community,” effective July 27, 2018. Funding for the program was authorized at section 749B(i) Public Health Service Act for fiscal years 2010-2013, but never appropriated and the program was not implemented. Should the program be funded in the future, HRSA will define underserved rural communities through policy documents at that time.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Health Resources and Service Administration Uniform Data System, OMB No. 0915-0193-Revision Federal Register
Jun 26, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment regarding the burden estimate for information collected through the HRSA Uniform Data System (UDS) from grantees, including health centers and look-alikes, and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program awardees. Notice includes several proposed changes for the 2019 UDS collection. Comments are due by August 27, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Proposed Standards for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program's Quality Bonus System Federal Register
Jun 26, 2018 - Response from the Health Resources and Services Administration to comments received on the October 16, 2017 Federal Register notice proposing to create a quality bonus system for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program (CHGME). Includes a consideration for improving access and quality of care for rural and underserved communities.
Source: Federal Register
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NC Bills Aim to Establish Teaching Hospitals in Rural Areas
Jun 4, 2018 - Details bipartisan bills submitted to the North Carolina legislature. These bills aim to provide incentives to expand medical education in rural counties, assist rural hospitals with gaining Medicare approval to become teaching hospitals, and incentivize medical residents and students to serve in rural areas after graduation.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $10.8 Million for the Providers Clinical Support System – Universities Program
Jun 4, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for grants totaling up to $10.8 million over three years to expand and enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 24 grantees through the Providers Clinical Support System - Universities grant program to ensure that students in the medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner fields fulfill the training requirements to obtain a Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based settings.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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This County Has Only 1 Doctor. When He Retires, Who Will Replace Him?
May 29, 2018 - Details a rural Idaho county with only one doctor, and concern over how this county and many others like it will replace their physicians when they retire. Idaho is ranked 49th in the nation for the number of physicians per capita. Explores efforts within the state to improve these numbers.
Source: The Olympian
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Rural Healthcare Simulation Training Center - User Survey
May 23, 2018 - The National Center for Health Care Informatics (NCHCI) is opening The Rural Healthcare Simulation Training Center (RHSTC), to be located in the Praxis Center for Innovative Learning in Montana. It will be the nation's first, independently-owned, 501(c)(3) non-profit, medical simulation training center dedicated to rural healthcare and will provide simulation-based training for rural healthcare practitioners from throughout North America. They are seeking feedback on who would be interested in these trainings and some details about pricing and location, among other things.
Source: The National Center for Health Care Informatics
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