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News stories from the past 60 days.

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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A Conversation with Davis Patterson, PhD
Oct 31, 2017 - Radio interview with Davis Patterson, the Director of the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP), Deputy Director of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and an investigator in the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies. Discussion includes rural health disparities related to access and outcomes, recruitment and retention, and the work of the Rural PREP program, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Amid For-Profit Surge, Rural Hospice Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years
Oct 20, 2017 - Highlights the work of a non-profit hospice in Washington which, despite external pressure, has depended on volunteers and community donations to avoid accepting federal funding. This has allowed them to operate more flexibly because they are not bound by the regulations that accompany Medicare hospice funding, like only accepting patients with six months or fewer to live and requiring patients to receive care from a hospice physician rather than continuing with their own physician.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Last Updated: 11/7/2017