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News by Topic: Service delivery models

Dec 9, 2019 - Several states consider ways to boost mental health services for rural and agricultural populations and address the rising suicide rates among farmers. Discusses the different state approaches, such as increasing the number of mental health specialists in rural areas, expanding telehealth, and creating programs that offer counseling vouchers and workshops.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
Dec 2, 2019 - Telemedicine has expanded its way into Indiana's hospitals, clinics, and schools, but rural homes face barriers to implementation due to poor internet access and a lack of insurance reimbursement. Discusses the proposed Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act that aims to make telemedicine more affordable and accessible.
Source: Tribune Star
Dec 2, 2019 - Features DispatchHealth, a mobile urgent care unit that visits people's homes in rural Eastern Washington. The 'rovers' offer a wide variety of services, such as prescribing medications and treatments, requesting x-rays, and ordering blood tests.
Source: Inlander
Nov 30, 2019 - Summarizes a commentary published in the Journal for Rural Health that suggests regionalization of adult healthcare to help save rural hospitals. The authors explain how regionalization could allow hospitals to expand some services and develop specialties to improve patient care.
Source: The Rural Blog
Nov 27, 2019 - Blog article examines what it is like to be a doctor in rural America, particularly in the Midwest. Describes how rural doctors usually have a wider scope of practice, may work longer hours, and prioritize technology.
Source: Muncie Voice
Nov 25, 2019 - Opinion piece discussing the importance of modernizing IT infrastructure in rural areas so there is equal access to online healthcare services, such as telehealth. Highlights funding programs that have contributed to broadband expansion in rural America and addresses challenges to closing the gap.
Source: Fierce Healthcare
Nov 22, 2019 - While Parkinson's Disease is traditionally thought to affect mostly men, many women are also affected, with those in rural areas facing even greater challenges. Highlights a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award that created a Parkinson's research and care agenda for women.
Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Nov 22, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces findings of a 17 percent increase in the use of telehealth among veterans in fiscal year 2019. Includes information on the VA's Anywhere to Anywhere initiative, the VA Video Connect app, and the ATLAS program, which were implemented to increase access to healthcare for veterans, no matter their location.
Source: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Nov 20, 2019 - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) hosted a meeting to discuss goals and objectives of the COPD National Action Plan that was implemented to tackle the disease. Includes resources from various organizations and the Learn More Breathe Better program that help rural communities manage and prevent COPD.
Source: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Nov 20, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces its investment of $42.5 million in 37 states and 2 territories through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program. The funds will benefit programs implementing telehealth in rural areas, providing access to educational opportunities and healthcare without having to travel long distances.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture