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News by Topic: Physicians

May 23, 2023 - Executives from Dartmouth Heath, MaineHealth, and The University of Vermont Health Network participated in a panel discussion about rural hospitals and their difficulties. Challenges include workforce shortages, hospital closures, housing costs, and the need for creative scheduling.
Source: Chief Healthcare Executive
Apr 26, 2023 - Describes the shortage of doctors in rural communities, noting that 99% of medical residency programs are in non-rural places and doctors are more likely to work where they trained. At West Virginia University, the rural medicine track recruits rural students and trains them in rural hospitals in an attempt to address shortages.
Source: PBS NewsHour
Apr 25, 2023 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announcing that it will no longer publish new or updated Compliance Program Guidances (CPGs) in the Federal Register. All current, updated, and new CPGs will be available on the OIG website.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 13, 2023 - Alabama is in need of roughly 3,000 doctors right now, and a new bill working its way through the 2023 state legislature aims to address that shortage. The Physician Workforce Act introduces immediate, mid-range, and long-term solutions for filling the gap of licensed medical doctors in Alabama.
Source: WVUA
Apr 11, 2023 - Highlights the closure of a residency training program in rural northeastern Nevada, and describes common barriers to establishing and sustaining training programs for doctors throughout rural America.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Mar 31, 2023 - The Department of Health and Human Services awarded nearly $23 million to 46 grantees to plan and develop Teaching Health Center residency programs. These programs prioritize training residents in community-based outpatient settings, such as Federally Qualified Health Centers or community mental health centers, which primarily serve people in rural and high-need areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mar 30, 2023 - Oklahoma health officials and city leaders across the state discussed ways the state could help rural communities maintain access to healthcare. They suggested that the state offer more incentives to physicians, and advised offering telehealth and adopting a new model combining both online and in-person healthcare visits for those living in rural areas.
Source: KOCO