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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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ER Staffing Split Along Urban-Rural Divide
Jun 18, 2018 - New research shows that the shortage of emergency physicians in rural areas is severe and the reasons behind it range from job location choice to budgetary and strategic factors.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
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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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