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FCC: Accelerating Wireless and Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment Federal Register
Oct 15, 2018 - Summary of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order on wireless and broadband deployment. Includes guidance and rules to streamline the wireless infrastructure siting review process and identifies specific fee levels for the deployment of Small Wireless Facilities, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC Enables Alaska Carrier to Receive $78M in Rural Health Care Funding
Oct 10, 2018 - Announcement from the Federal Communications Commission approving nearly $78 million in funding through the Rural Health Care Program to support telecommunication services in Alaska. The Rural Health Care program allows rural healthcare providers to pay the same rate for the services as their urban counterparts, a rate that is typically less than they would normally have to pay.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Microsoft's Rural Access Program Enters Next Phase in Maine
Oct 10, 2018 - Highlights the next phase of Microsoft's Airband Initiative in Maine. The program provides funding to local internet service providers to expand broadband access to rural and hard to reach communities using alternate technologies like TV White Space and fixed fiber. Microsoft's ultimate goal is to increase access to telehealth services and to close the rural internet gap in the U.S. by July 2022.
Source: Mainebiz
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31 Percent of Rural Households Lack Access to Broadband Internet, According to White Paper
Oct 9, 2018 - A recent report from the Center for Rural Affairs shows that 31% of rural and 35% of tribal households still lack access to broadband services. The report also highlights challenges with broadband mapping resulting in inaccurate reporting of access.
Source: Center for Rural Affairs
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CMS Accelerates Innovation and Promotes Patient Access to Medical Technology
Oct 5, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a revision to Medicare's Program Integrity Manual which changes the way contractors decide which technologies are covered. This change is in response to the 21st Century Cures Act's requirement for more transparency around local coverage determinations and aims to simplify the process so patients have access to therapies and devices more quickly.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Hoeven Convenes Hearing To Examine Broadband Internet And Other Telecommunications Access On Tribal Lands
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses the convening of an oversight hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to examine reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on broadband internet and other telecommunications access issues on tribal lands. As of December 2016, 35.4% of tribal residents lacked access to fixed broadband services, compared to 7.7% of the general population. Includes links to the reports as well as a video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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A Conversation with Ray Rogers
Oct 2, 2018 - Radio interview with Ray Rogers, the CEO for the National Center for Health Care Informatics (NCHCI) and the Praxis Center for Innovative Learning in Montana. Discussion includes the creation and the work of the NCHCI and the development of the Praxis Center, which is intended to provide simulation training opportunities to rural providers, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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CMS Announces New Streamlined User Experience for Medicare Beneficiaries
Oct 1, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the eMedicare initiative. This is a multi-year effort to modernize the way beneficiaries get information about Medicare, to improve access to personal healthcare data, and to create new ways to help them make important decisions, through consumer data integration and web product development.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Oct 1, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) is seeking approval to test the use of electronic health records by behavioral health providers to determine the level and type of support needed to bring them forward to readiness for participation in value-based incentive payment systems in the future. Comments are due by October 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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NTIA: BroadbandUSA Webinar Series Federal Register
Sep 28, 2018 - Announcement of new webinar dates for November and December 2018 for the BroadbandUSA series hosted by National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Registration for the webinars will be available on the BroadbandUSA website.
Source: Federal Register
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