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News by Topic: Specialty care

Feb 16, 2024 - Summarizes recent research finding that rural residents have less access to quality dialysis care when compared to urban areas. Notes that fewer facilities, distance to care, and fewer healthcare professional contribute to the disparity.
Source: Physician's Weekly
Feb 15, 2024 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would set forth provisions to strengthen accrediting organization oversight by addressing conflicts of interest, establishing consistent standards, processes and definitions, and updating the validation and performance standards systems. Additionally, this proposed rule would revise the psychiatric hospital survey process, add a limitation on terminated deemed providers and suppliers when reentering the program, and provides technical corrections for End-Stage Renal Disease facilities and Kidney Transplant Programs. Comments are due April 15, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 18, 2024 - Highlights the healthcare access challenges in the rural Alabama Black Belt, focusing on the lack of providers in the region and transportation issues faced by the residents. Notes that specialty care in particular may be difficult for rural residents to access.
Source: Alabama Reflector
Jan 17, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is offering telehealth for access to kidney care, noting that rural veterans in particular have trouble accessing specialty care.
Source: VA News