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Secretary Perdue's Prepared Opening Statement on Rural Infrastructure
Mar 14, 2018 - News release containing the prepared remarks from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Purdue's testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Rural Infrastructure. Includes discussion of rural transportation, water and wastewater systems, electric utilities, and broadband access.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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In Rural Pennsylvania, Poverty Creates Barriers to Healthy Food Access and Federal Assistance
Mar 13, 2018 - Highlights barriers related to food security in a rural Pennsylvania county, including poverty and transportation issues. In this county, 16% of residents and 27% of children are food insecure. There are also many elderly residents on fixed incomes who rely on the food bank featured here.
Source: PublicSource
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Lay-Health Workers Reduced Readmission Rates at Rural Hospital, Study Finds
Feb 26, 2018 - Highlights the findings of a recent report from Health Education Research that found that the use of lay-health workers (LHWs) in Appalachian Kentucky to address patients' social needs reduced 30-day hospital readmissions. LHWs developed personalized social needs plans that included transportation, community resources, and post-discharge follow-up calls for their patients.
Source: Healthcare DIVE
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CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations Federal Register
Jan 30, 2018 - In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect January 29, 2018, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states.
Source: Federal Register
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A New Study on Redesigning Care for Vulnerable Patient Populations
Jan 29, 2018 - Blog post from the American Hospital Association (AHA) discussing an upcoming study, lead by their Health Research and Education Trust, that will identify factors that lead to performance improvement in safety-net hospitals, build an evidence base for redesigning care for vulnerable populations, and inform policy decisions that affect safety-net organizations.
Source: American Hospital Association Blog
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