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Georgia Fights Rural Doctor Shortage By Targeting Medical Students
Dec 14, 2017 - Details a scholarship for medical students in Georgia who agree to practice in a rural area of the state for four years. In Georgia, there are 6 counties without a physician, 63 counties without a pediatrician, and 79 counties without an OB-GYN.
Source: 90.1 FM WABE
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Small Town Doctors Having Big Impact on Rural Health
Dec 11, 2017 - Highlights the work of a doctor in a rural Oklahoma town to discuss the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment program and the Oklahoma State University rural residency program. Both programs are aimed at recruitment and retention of physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state.
Source: NewsOK
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Colorado Divide: In Rural Colorado, Doctors Are Retiring and Dying — and No One Is Taking Their Place.
Dec 10, 2017 - Details Colorado's high demand for physicians. In several rural counties, there is no hospital, and in some there isn't a clinic either, meaning long travel times for residents to access care. Where practices exist, they often have positions open for years because they are unable to recruit physicians. With older doctors reaching retirement age or passing away, this issue is poised to get worse. Includes county-level data on healthcare facilities and leading causes of death in Colorado.
Source: The Denver Post
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A Conversation with Nicole Weathers
Dec 5, 2017 - Radio interview with Nicole Weathers, MSN, RN, Program Manager for the University of Iowa College of Nursing - Online Residency Program. Discussion includes the roles of nurses in rural areas, nurse residencies, and the benefits of this online residency program for nurses practicing in rural areas, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) Program and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Program Administrative Requirements (Regulations and Policy). OMB No. 0915-0047-Revision Federal Register
Nov 29, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to revise information collection activities as part of the Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) Program and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Program. Proposed revisions include adding the Deferment-HRSA Form 519, which is used to document borrower's deferment status, and the AOR-HRSA Form 501, which provides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with information about HPSL and NSL program operations and financial activities. Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted no later than January 29, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: NURSE Corps Scholarship Program, OMB No. 0915-0301-Revision Federal Register
Nov 29, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to revise information collection activities as part of the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program. The proposed revisions will incorporate a new CSF Verification Form, which is used to verify participant transfers to critical shortage facilities, and update the Initial Employment Verification Form to include all eligible service sites listed in the NURSE Corps SP Application and Program Guidance. Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted no later than January 29, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program OMB No. 0915-0140-Revision Federal Register
Nov 27, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection activities as part of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The revisions will add two new forms: (1) The CSF Verification Form, which is used to verify transfers to critical shortage facilities not already recorded in the online portal; and (2) the NURSE Corps Nurse Faculty Employment Verification Form, which is used to determine if nurse faculty participants are eligible to transfer to another approved school of nursing. Comments regarding these revisions must be submitted no later than January 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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North Carolina Seeks to Widen Medicaid Network by Paying Docs' Debt
Nov 27, 2017 - North Carolina has amended their pending Medicaid waiver request which would shift the program from fee-for-service to managed care by 2019. The amendment would allow the state to offer loan repayment to physicians who accept Medicaid patients, a move expected to improve access for Medicaid beneficiaries by increasing the number of physicians they can see. It would also require Medicaid enrollees to be employed or actively searching for work and would impose premiums of 2% of a beneficiary's income for those with incomes at or above 51% of the federal poverty level. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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IHS: Request for Public Comment: 60 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program Federal Register
Nov 20, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP). IHS seeks to collect professional, educational, financial, and general applicant information to help determine eligibility for loan repayment. Successful applicants receive loan repayment assistance in exchange for an initial two-year commitment to practice full-time in an eligible, often remote, IHS facility. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by January 19, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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Rural Health Coach Program Developed Between WIU, Area Hospitals
Nov 15, 2017 - Details the collaboration between Western Illinois University and Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois to create a Rural Health Coach Program. The program uses a graduate student as a rural health coach to connect patients to community agencies.
Source: Western Illinois University
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