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News stories from the past 60 days.

A Conversation with Nicole Weathers
Dec 5, 2017 - Radio interview with Nicole Weathers, MSN, RN, Program Manager for the University of Iowa College of Nursing - Online Residency Program. Discussion includes the roles of nurses in rural areas, nurse residencies, and the benefits of this online residency program for nurses practicing in rural areas, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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USDA Helps Rural Communities Thrive With Health, Safety Outreach
Nov 13, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced that it would be supporting health education projects for individuals and families in rural areas through the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grant Program. These grants were awarded to extension agents and land-grant universities in nine states with a focus on prevention and reduction of opioid abuse and chronic disease prevention and management.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas
Nov 6, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $200 million to expand broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved rural communities. These awards, financed through the USDA's Telecommunications Program, will fund projects in West Virginia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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CMS OKs Iowa Medicaid Waiver That Worried Hospitals
Oct 30, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a waiver that will allow Iowa to end retroactive coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries. Providers had been able to bill Medicaid for services provided in the three months before the patient applied for Medicaid as long as the patient was eligible in that time. Hospitals have expressed concern at the change, which may increase the amount of bad debt they carry, while proponents argue that this will encourage people to maintain coverage even when healthy. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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Last Updated: 12/5/2017