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Nov 14, 2023 - Highlights telehealth in rural New York, discussing both increased access to healthcare and remaining barriers. Notes the impact on access to specialists, behavioral healthcare, dentistry, and optometry.
Source: NCPR
Nov 8, 2023 - Discusses concerns about Florida's aging physician workforce, noting that 20% are 60 or older and likely to retire soon. Describes strategies to reduce shortages such as expanding loan forgiveness, increasing residency positions, addressing telehealth compensation, and more.
Source: The Capitolist
Nov 7, 2023 - Describes how the Veteran's Administration is using telehealth to offer opioid use disorder treatment, noting the benefits this offers rural residents and others.
Source: Veteran's Administration
Nov 3, 2023 - A new collaboration between two West Virginia healthcare systems is bringing telehealth to rural pediatric patients seeking mental healthcare. Notes that a shortage of mental healthcare in rural areas can be a barrier to those seeking care.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Nov 3, 2023 - Highlights actions taken by the Biden-Harris Administration with regard to rural healthcare. Areas addressed include access to health insurance, facility closures, cyber security, workforce shortages, telehealth, access to healthcare, and more.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nov 2, 2023 - Part 3 of a documentary highlighting telehealth as a solution to healthcare access challenges, particularly for gender affirming care and maternal healthcare. Discusses the impacts of COVID on telehealth practice. Discusses barriers to telehealth such as broadband access and comfort with technology. Captions are available in the video player.
Source: STAT News
Nov 1, 2023 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking scientific information submissions to inform its review on Healthcare Delivery of Clinical Preventive Services for People with Disabilities. Includes background information and key questions related to the review. The full research protocol is available for review on the AHRQ website. Submissions are due by December 1, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 1, 2023 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) that would establish the disincentives for healthcare providers that have been determined to have committed information blocking. This proposed rule also provides information related to OIG's investigation of claims of information blocking and proposes a process by which information will be shared with the public about providers who have committed information blocking. Comments are due by January 2, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 25, 2023 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking comments on forms related to the Universal Service—Rural Health Care Program. Information collection is used to determine program eligibility and compliance and to program integrity. Comments are due by November 24, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 20, 2023 - 3 part series on health disparities in a rural West Texas town and their use of telemedicine to address the disparities. Part 1 discusses workforce distribution and low population density. Part 2 describes how a telemedicine appointment works and the implication for preventative care. Part 3 discusses sustainability and long-term plans for the health center. Captions available in the video player.
Source: CBS7