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Jul 17, 2024 - Provides an overview of the mental health workforce shortage in Texas, with data on various provider types. Notes that shortages are particularly acute in rural counties, some of which have no providers. Reviews efforts by state lawmakers to address the issue, including loan repayment programs and increased Medicaid reimbursement for mental health services.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Jul 16, 2024 - The United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service is seeking comments on the renewal of an information collection on supplemental food security questions in the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. Comments are due September 16, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 15, 2024 - Highlights the impact of transportation costs on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits between rural and urban areas. Discusses rural grocery store access, broadband access, local industry, and county-level data on SNAP coverage.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 12, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Census Bureau seeking comments on the timeline for the adoption of the 2024 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) updated race and ethnicity data collection standards into the American Community Survey (ACS). Specifically, The Census Bureau is seeking feedback about the impact this update will have on data users, researchers, and community organizations if it is implemented in either the 2026 ACS or the 2027 ACS. The Census Bureau developed the ACS to collect and update demographic, social, economic, and housing data every year that are that are similar to the data collected once a decade as part of the decennial census and is the only source of such data for small areas and small subpopulations across the nation and in Puerto Rico. Comments are due by August 12, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 10, 2024 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Rural Health Clinic Cost Report; 2) Part C Medicare Advantage Reporting Requirements; and 3) Transformed—Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS). Comments are due by September 9, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 9, 2024 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on an information collection titled "Medicare Enrollment Application for Clinics/Group Practices and Other Suppliers." The Form CMS-855B application is submitted when the applicant first requests Medicare enrollment and is used by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to ensure the applicant has the necessary credentials to provide the healthcare services for which they intend to bill Medicare. Comments are due by September 9, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 8, 2024 - Discusses challenges faced by Maine rural hospitals and describes facilities' creative solutions to staffing shortages, reduced reimbursements, and lower margins. Includes statistics on operating margins at select Maine hospitals.
Source: Mainebiz
Jul 8, 2024 - A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that 46.3% of U.S. counties, many of which are rural, lack a cardiologist. Features a county-level map with shadings showing counties with at least one cardiologist.
Source: NBC News
Jul 5, 2024 - The Census Bureau will hold a virtual public meeting of the 2030 Census Advisory Committee on Friday, July 26, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern. The committee will review and provide feedback related to 2030 Census plans and execution to assist the Census Bureau in devising strategies to increase census awareness and participation, reduce barriers to response, and enhance the public's trust and willingness to respond. Meeting information, including the agenda and how to join the meeting, will be posted on the Census Advisory Committee website.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 1, 2024 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on proposed updates to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) – Household and Medical Provider Components (MEPS-HC). Proposed changes include wording changes that will help identify telehealth utilization and access, as well as maintain consistency between Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems 5.1 and MEPS-HC questionnaire items. Comments are due by July 31, 2024.
Source: Federal Register