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Chronic Disease in Rural America News

News stories from the past 60 days.

FCC and National Cancer Institute Champion Critical Role of Broadband in Rural Cancer Care
Dec 12, 2017 - Announces a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to increase broadband access and adoption in rural areas. The inaugural project, L.A.U.N.C.H. (Linking and Amplifying User-Centered Networks through Connected Health), is a public-private collaboration to improve broadband health connectivity in Appalachia and will target areas with high cancer mortality and low levels of broadband access.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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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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CMS Won’t Cover Telehealth in Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
Nov 3, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) declined to cover virtual weight management coaching programs in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, citing concerns that the mHealth and telehealth platform isn't reliable enough. CMS will, however, consider testing the platform in a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) demonstration project. Advocates for the platform are concerned that lack of reimbursement will threaten access to these services for rural patients.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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HRSA Awards $2.36 Billion in Grants to Help Americans Access HIV/AIDS Care and Medications
Oct 17, 2017 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $2.36 billion in grants through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, a patient-centered system that provides care and treatment services to low income people living with HIV to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among hard to reach populations.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Last Updated: 12/13/2017