Oct 4, 2022 - Describes discussions at the 2022 North Texas State of Reform Conference in Dallas on September 27th. Topics included shortages among mental health professionals and nurses, and employee assistance programs to help deal with trauma and burnout.
Source: State of Reform
Sep 20, 2022 - Describes the work of Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM) to provide food pantry services to several rural communities in central Texas. Discusses the impacts of inflation on rural cost of living and the organization's move toward providing resources beyond food distribution to underserved communities in the area.
Sep 19, 2022 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) announcing a demonstration authorizing the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to expand the DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hearing Aid Program (HAP) to a limited segment of the private sector care network of the TRICARE Managed Care Support Contractors (MCSCs). The intent is to replicate, to the fullest extent possible, the VA's Community Care Network model for delivery of prescribed hearing aids and associated devices to Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members (ADSMs) receiving care through the Supplemental Health Care Program (SHCP), and to qualifying Prime Active-Duty Family Members (ADFMs) diagnosed with profound hearing loss. The demonstration has an effective and implementation date of January 1, 2023, and will be in effect for two years.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 12, 2022 - Highlights a new family medicine clinic in Ralls, Texas, located on the edge of a West Texas medical desert. Describes the process of starting the clinic and the broader financial challenges facing rural clinics in Texas.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Aug 23, 2022 - Reports on the disparities in access to chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, an emerging treatment for cancer, for rural cancer patients. Notes that the treatment is only offered at major transplant hospitals in urban areas, highlighting the experience of a rural New Mexico woman who traveled 750 miles to Texas to access treatment.
Source: Kaiser Health News via NBC News
Aug 11, 2022 - Announces $74 million in USDA grants to 143 rural healthcare organizations, including $32 million for rural healthcare organizations serving socially vulnerable communities. Highlights examples of funded projects and upgrades in Georgia, North Dakota, and Texas, and offers an overview of the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants program.
Source: USDA Rural Development