Dec 1, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is accepting applications for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program for fiscal year 2023. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Applications that will help rural communities recover economically, ensure all rural residents have equitable access to USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and benefits from RD-funded projects, and reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support are encouraged. Applications are due by January 30, 2023.
Nov 25, 2022 - Notice from the Administration for Community Living is seeking comments on requirements related to the Prevention and Public Health Fund Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Program Information Collection. The CDSME Grant Program supports a National CDSME Resource Center that provides technical assistance, education, and resources for the national CDSME network of partners, and awards competitive grants to implement and promote the sustainability of evidence-based CDSME programs that have been proven to provide older adults and adults with disabilities with education and tools to help them better manage chronic conditions. This notice also presents responses to public comments and feedback from grantee focus groups related to potential changes to the data collection tools. Comments are due by December 27, 2022.
Nov 23, 2022 - Video describing the development and growth of Project ECHO, which connects rural providers with specialists through telehealth-based training in order to increase rural access to specialized care. Highlights the work of Project ECHO's founder and the program's reach beyond New Mexico to international clinical settings.
Nov 17, 2022 - Announces $13 million in grant awards to healthcare facilities in rural parts of Wisconsin through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Emergency Rural Health Care program. The funding is intended to assist hospitals and healthcare providers implement telehealth and nutrition assistance programs, increase staffing to support COVID-19 testing and vaccines, build or renovate facilities, and to purchase necessary medical supplies.
Source: Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nov 4, 2022 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the home health and home infusion therapy services payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2023. This rule also finalizes changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP) requirements; changes to the expanded Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model; and updates to the home infusion therapy services payment rates for CY 2023. Also discusses comments received regarding the future collection of data regarding the use of telecommunications technology during a 30-day home health period of care on home health claims. These regulations are effective January 1, 2023.
Nov 4, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making technical and typographical corrections to the August 10, 2022, final rule. Corrections are effective November 3, 2022, and applicable October 1, 2022.
Nov 2, 2022 - Describes the Wisconsin state health department's efforts to spread access to antiviral medication more widely, by offering free telehealth service to people who test positive for COVID-19.
Oct 28, 2022 - Features a mobile lung cancer screening unit launched by the West Virginia University (WVU) Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine hospitals. Describes the services provided by the unit and the need for lung cancer screening in the state, noting disparities in lung cancer deaths and the opportunities the unit provides for rural West Virginians to access screening services.
Oct 27, 2022 - Highlights efforts by a VA neuropsychologist to address disparities in utilization of telehealth by older veterans, describing preparations to support older patients. Discusses the need for telehealth support for veterans and the Veterans' Cognitive Assessment and Management Program, or V-CAMP, which offers cognitive care service support to older rural veterans who may otherwise not be able to access dementia specialists.
Oct 26, 2022 - Features a mobile medical unit operated by a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), serving rural communities in eastern Texas. Highlights the experiences and perspectives of patients, many of whom are uninsured and live in underserved areas. Notes the impacts of mobile units on access to care for areas that have lost rural hospitals.