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Chairman Pai’s Proposal To Increase Rural Health Care Funding Receives Majority Support at FCC
Jun 14, 2018 - Press release from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announcing that his proposal to increase funding for the Universal Service Fund's Rural Health Care Program has been approved by a majority of the FCC Commissioners.
Source: Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Chairman
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Rethinking Rural Healthcare: How to Improve Healthcare in Rural Areas
Jun 11, 2018 - Modern Healthcare released an edition focused on rural healthcare, touching on topics like the opioid crisis, telehealth, the healthcare workforce, population health, the risk of rural hospital closures, and more, including highlighting efforts in specific states. (May require registration for full articles.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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Chairman Pai Proposes Significant Funding Increase For Rural Health Care Program
Jun 7, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he had circulated a draft order to his colleagues that would increase the Universal Service Fund's Rural Health Care Program's funding cap from $400 million to $571 million. This increase is what the original funding level cap would be today when adjusted for inflation. This increase would apply to the current funding year. It would also give providers long-term certainty by adjusting the cap annually for inflation and allowing unused funds from prior years to be carried forward.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Senators Target Medicaid in Telehealth Bills Tackling Opioid Abuse
May 23, 2018 - Details four bills introduced in the U.S. Senate this week that aim to use telehealth to address the opioid epidemic and to reach more people on Medicaid and in rural areas. All of these bills have bi-partisan co-sponsors.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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USDA: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Register
May 22, 2018 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year 2018. The agency will select successful applications and funding will be awarded to the extent that appropriation funding is made available.
Source: Federal Register
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VA Expands Telehealth by Allowing Health Care Providers to Treat Patients Across State Lines
May 11, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new federal rule that will allow VA doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to administer care to Veterans using telehealth regardless of where in the U.S. the provider of the veteran is located, including across state lines or outside of a VA facility. This new rule exercises federal preemption to override state restrictions in an effort to increase access to care.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy
May 8, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their first Rural Health Strategy. This agency-wide strategy is intended to provide a proactive approach to healthcare issues to ensure access to high quality, affordable healthcare by applying a rural lens to CMS programs and policies, advancing telehealth, improving access through provider engagement and support, empowering rural patients to make decisions about their healthcare, and leveraging partnerships to achieve these goals. A fact sheet is also available.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Telemedicine Takes Transgender Care Beyond The City
May 5, 2018 - Details the difficulties rural transgender people face related to accessing healthcare, including general healthcare as well as care related to their transition, and the difference that telemedicine can make in providing access to that care. Issues related to their rurality and to social stigma can be alleviated this way, but only if these patients also live in areas with broadband infrastructure.
Source: NPR
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How to Reach and Improve the Health Care of Rural New Jerseyans
May 4, 2018 - Details the work of the Healthy Food Express bus, a bus that delivers fresh produce, cooked meals, and books to people in rural areas of New Jersey to address food insecurity. Also touches on limited access to healthcare, telemedicine, and broadband.
Source: NJTV News
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Telemedicine: Different Types of Care Require Different Kinds of Broadband
May 1, 2018 - Discusses telemedicine and how broadband infrastructure needs vary based on the types of telemedicine being provided. Includes several examples of telemedicine programs and discusses the infrastructure they have used in order to achieve their results.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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