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News by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care
Jul 5, 2018 - Highlights efforts in Texas to provide integrated mental and physical healthcare. This is especially difficult in rural areas of the state, which already struggle to recruit providers and which may not be able to support the additional workforce.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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A Conversation with Katie Peterson
Jul 3, 2018 - Radio interview with Katie Peterson, Chief Nursing Officer at Pender Community Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Pender, Nebraska. Discussion includes Pender and its hospital, recruitment and retention, and the hospital's work with behavioral health and telehealth, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Illinois to Expand Number of Physician Assistants Allowed By Law
Jun 28, 2018 - Highlights a bill in Illinois that, if signed by Governor Bruce Rauner, would increase the number of physician assistants a doctor is allowed to collaborate with and remove the upper limit on physician assistants in areas facing a shortage of healthcare providers. The aim of this bill is to increase access to primary care in rural and underserved areas of the state and keep providers who want to work in those areas in the state.
Source: Illinois Newsroom
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A Conversation with Darrold Bertsch
Jun 26, 2018 - Radio interview with Darrold Bertsch, CEO of Sakakawea Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital, and Coal Country Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, both in rural North Dakota. Discussion includes the work of these two facilities, difficulties related to recruitment and retention, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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A Conversation with Scott Daniels
Jun 19, 2018 - Radio interview with Scott Daniels, Ph.D., Performance Improvement Coordinator at the State of Hawaii Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. Discussion includes rural health in Hawaii, the difficulty of attracting providers to the state, especially to the most rural and remote areas, the emphasis on culturally-competent care, and a leadership development program being implemented among Critical Access Hospitals in the state, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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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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NC Bills Aim to Establish Teaching Hospitals in Rural Areas
Jun 4, 2018 - Details bipartisan bills submitted to the North Carolina legislature. These bills aim to provide incentives to expand medical education in rural counties, assist rural hospitals with gaining Medicare approval to become teaching hospitals, and incentivize medical residents and students to serve in rural areas after graduation.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal
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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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