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These States Have the Most Rural Hospitals at 'High Risk' of Closure: Report
Feb 20, 2019 - Details a new report which found that more than 1 in 5 rural hospitals in the U.S. are at high risk of closing. 64% of these high risk hospitals are considered essential to their communities, due to trauma status, geographic location, vulnerable populations, and economic impacts. Also includes which states have the highest numbers of high risk rural hospitals.
Source: FierceHealthcare
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Report: America’s Digital Divide Narrows Substantially
Feb 19, 2019 - Details a finding from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) draft 2019 Broadband Deployment Report. Since last year's report, the number of Americans lacking access to a fixed broadband connection meeting the FCC's benchmark speed had dropped by over 25%. At the end of 2015, 26.1 million Americans lacked access, while at the end of 2017, 19.4 million lacked access. The majority of those gaining access live in rural America.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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The Town Where Retirees Can’t Retire
Feb 15, 2019 - Focuses on a rural area in Michigan to discuss the national trend of aging communities, particularly in rural areas. Lack of jobs for younger residents, recruitment of older, retired residents, or both in combination, lead to communities depending on increasingly elderly people keeping these cities running. This includes tasks like plowing snow and volunteering as firefighters as well as providing legal and economic expertise to small town governments.
Source: City Lab
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There’s a Rural-Urban Divide in the Opiate Crisis
Feb 14, 2019 - Details research on the opioid crisis that examines county-level drug mortality rates and explores what makes an area more vulnerable to the epidemic. Two factors that were consistent between rural and urban communities in predicting the rate of opioid deaths were economic distress and the accessibility of opioids. Economic distress was a stronger indicator in rural areas.
Source: CityLab
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Census Bureau: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Feb 13, 2019 - The U.S. Census Bureau again requests comments on the 2020 Census data collection minus the Address Canvasing portion, which was posted separately. This is a repost of a December 28, 2018 Federal Register Notice due to the partial government shutdown and has been updated to reflect pending litigation regarding the citizenship question. Comments are due in 30 days from publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
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Prescription Opioid Overdose Deaths Falling in Iowa; Synthetics and Heroin Spike New Concern
Feb 11, 2019 - Details the results of a study of overdose deaths from prescription opioids, synthetic opioids, and heroin in Iowa. The rate of overdose death from heroin and synthetic opioids rose slightly between 2006 and 2016 and was higher in metropolitan areas, while deaths related to prescription opioids were more common in rural parts of the state, but were still lower than in previous years.
Source: Iowa State University
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Progress Erased: Youth Tobacco Use Increased During 2017-2018
Feb 11, 2019 - Press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which found that tobacco use increased from 2017 to 2018, driven largely by the surge in e-cigarette use. Includes more specific data on tobacco use by sex, race/ethnicity, and age.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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VA Announces Mortality Data Collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Feb 7, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a new partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve public health surveillance data. The VA will support the CDC's Modernizing Death Reporting project by integrating patient mortality data from the VA Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Opioid Money Has Helped, But States Want More
Jan 30, 2019 - Discusses the impact of federal money to help states fight the opioid epidemic as well as concerns about what will happen when the one-time funding has been spent. Also compares states that have and have not expanded Medicaid and how greater numbers of residents without health insurance are likely to affect states as they attempt to tackle this crisis.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review Federal Register
Jan 29, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended the comment period for responses to the September 18, 2018 information collection for the National Hospital Care Survey. The survey is used to collect data on patient care from a sample of hospitals in order to describe patterns of care delivery and utilization in the United States. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
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