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West Virginia News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Sep 9, 2019 - Opinion piece by Judith Feinberg, professor of behavioral medicine at West Virginia University, contains a brief history of policy and funding for substance abuse and examines how legislation has been specific to targeting opioids directly as opposed to addressing the underlying reasons behind substance abuse in rural America.
Source: International Journal of Science
Aug 29, 2019 - Two rural hospitals, one in Ohio and the other in West Virginia, but each within a few miles of one another on neighboring sides of the Ohio River are set to close by early October. Continue financial struggles as a result of low daily census counts and reductions in Medicare payments are cited as contributing factors in both closures.
Source: Healthcare Dive
Aug 22, 2019 - Summarizes interviews with neurologists in Utah, Texas, and West Virginia regarding how they provide access to their services in rural communities. Addresses the challenges and benefits of telehealth and initiatives to recruit more neurologists to rural communities.
Source: Neurology Today
Aug 16, 2019 - A cluster of HIV infections in West Virginia is likely due to needle drug use, and may have been exacerbated by the closure of a syringe exchange program in Charleston. The CDC identified 10 counties in the Ohio Valley area of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia as high-risk for HIV outbreaks; health officials are working on expanding harm reduction programs in the area.
Source: Ohio Valley Resource
Aug 14, 2019 - Rural Appalachia has the highest cancer mortality rate in the U.S. and is initiating an effort to target cervical cancer. The project will incorporate clinics and health centers in the region and focus on HPV screening and vaccination rates, as well as smoking cessation.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia
Aug 2, 2019 - Almost 40 percent of rural hospitals in West Virginia are at risk of closure, but some hospitals that are part of health networks in the state are succeeding. Article explores strategies used by the West Virginia University Health System, Mountain Health Network, and Charleston Area Medical Center.
Source: West Virginia Public Radio
Jul 25, 2019 - RIP Medical Debt helps forgive medical debt thanks to donors by purchasing it from the debt collection market. They are launching a campaign to forgive medical debt in rural Appalachia for more than 10,000 residents, including the most economically distressed areas in the region. Medical debt can keep people from seeking care.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 25, 2019 - A pilot program in West Virginia uses telehealth to connect people in rural areas of the state with nurses who can help them manage and prevent chronic disease. The program will begin enrolling participants this fall with a focus on those with certain Medicaid waivers who recently left long-term care. The program will include remote monitoring and phone calls with a nurse and hopes to reduce readmissions.
Source: Medical Press

Last Updated: 9/11/2019