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Rural Health
News by Topic: Population health

Aug 10, 2020 - Provides an overview of research that demonstrates that even though mortality rates are getting better, there are disparities in outcomes for black men living in rural areas. Discusses how understanding the intersectional factors of health disparities can help to inform public health policy that is tailored to benefit underserved demographics and improve health equity.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Aug 6, 2020 - Features two Texas towns: Gail in North Texas, which has seen no cases of coronavirus; and Roma in the Rio Grande Valley, which has a large Latino population, high poverty rates, and an overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases. Compares the experiences of the two towns, as one takes precautions to stay COVID-free, while the other tries to survive.
Source: VOA News
Aug 5, 2020 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 3) Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program requirements for Eligible Professionals; 4) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 5) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 6) Medicare enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs; 7) payment for office/outpatient evaluation and management services; 8) requirement for Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances for a Covered Part D drug under a prescription drug plan or an MA-PD plan; and 9) Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model Emergency Policy. Includes rural references throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by October 5, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 5, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study that found rural areas have the fewest health insurance options and pay the highest premiums. Analysis reveals that local markets experiencing higher volatility and vulnerability are more rural, have a higher percentage of non-white residents, and have resident who are more likely to experience poor health and lower wages.
Source: University of Minnesota
Aug 3, 2020 - Describes how pharmacists can be used to help patients manage medications and address chronic illness as the healthcare workforce shortage continues to grow in rural areas. Identifies states that have expanded pharmacists' scope of practice to prescribe or modify medications, allowing patients to receive medications in a timelier manner.
Source: National Conference of State Legislators
Aug 1, 2020 - Features a rural town in Missouri that has experienced a surge of coronavirus cases, particularly impacting nearby Latinx communities. In response, the town ramped up its outreach, producing a Spanish-language public service announcement and flyers to educate the Latinx community on COVID-19.
Source: NPR
Jul 31, 2020 - Blog post explores rural and community hospital closures over the last ten years and the impact this has on their communities. Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic highlights weaknesses and disparities in the health system and rural America. Provides recommendations to promote sustainability and support struggling rural hospitals.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Jul 30, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services extending the March 23, 2020 Executive Order to prevent hoarding of health and medical resources necessary to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. Also includes modifications and additions to the original list of scarce or threatened materials. This action took effect July 23, 2020 and terminates January 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2020 - Explores the struggles of remote learning in a rural county in Colorado and addresses disparities present in the community making it difficult to decide how to operate schools in the fall. Explains how in-person classes are the best option to address these disparities and promote learning, but with COVID-19 cases on the rise, the schools work to improve remote learning.
Source: Colorado Sun
Jul 30, 2020 - Features the Yakama Nation, a Native community in Washington state that has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how COVID-19 data collected often omits information about race and ethnicity, making it difficult for tribes to receive sufficient funds aimed at economic recovery.
Source: New York Times