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FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
Oct 10, 2018 - Blog post by Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, sharing his experience in providing obstetrical care as a rural family physician in Alaska. Stresses the importance of family physicians and OB/Gyns working together in order to reverse trends in rural maternal and infant mortality.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Solo FP Finds Fulfillment Serving Rural Patients, Community
Oct 3, 2018 - Highlights the experiences and difficulties of a rural primary care physician in Ohio. Touches on the challenges of operating a solo practice, like additional administrative duties and extra work to maintain electronic health records (EHR), issues with recruitment and retention, and more. Also explores the joys of this kind of medicine and the important role he serves in his community.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Missouri Hospital Association Anticipates Primary Care Physician Shortage In Rural Missouri
Sep 6, 2018 - Radio interview with Mary Beck, the author of a recent report from the Missouri Hospital Association. The report explores projected primary care shortages in rural Missouri. Discussion includes ages of existing primary care providers, primary care facilities closing, efforts within the state to address this issue, and more.
Source: KRCU
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Brady, Roskam Write to CMS, Petition for Medicare Red Tape Relief
Sep 4, 2018 - Press release from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means announcing that the committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) wrote three letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma. These letters praise deregulation efforts so far and encourage further steps related to hospitals, post-acute care providers, and physicians.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
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Residency Programs Help Boost Numbers of Primary Care Physicians in Montana
Sep 2, 2018 - Discusses the great need for physicians in Montana, especially in rural areas, and details residency programs in the state that intentionally admit more rural students and include working in rural areas as part of the residency. 13 Montana counties don't have any physicians, and another eight only have one each.
Source: Billings Gazette
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Wanted: Rural Doctors
Aug 22, 2018 - Discusses the great need for doctors in rural areas, focusing on Alabama to illustrate the national problem. Highlights a number of barriers to recruitment and retention for rural areas including lower salaries, high student debt, lack of opportunities in rural areas for spouses, and more.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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Study Sheds Light On Rural-Urban Cancer Divide
Aug 20, 2018 - Highlights a recent study in the Pacific Northwest that found that the disparity in outcomes between rural and urban people with cancer disappeared in clinical trials, where rural and urban people received the same treatment. A researcher from the study suggests that lack of access to health insurance, specialty care, and specialists are largely responsible for this disparity.
Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting
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