Skip to main content

Rural Healthcare Workforce – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jul 9, 2019 - The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is launching an Academy-wide strategic initiative to improve healthcare in rural areas. The goals are to influence policy and payment issues, address educational needs for physicians, support recruitment of physicians to rural areas, and help family physicians improve rural health disparities.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
Jul 8, 2019 - Portrait of a family physician practicing in rural Kearny County, Kansas, where the local hospital has experienced a 60% growth rate in the past 5 years.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
Jun 25, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on the Shortage Areas website and are current as of May 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 13, 2019 - A hearing before the U.S. House Small Business Committee highlighted the impact of student debt on decisions to pursue primary care or open a practice in a rural community. Student debt can also affect the ability of rural practices to recruit healthcare professionals.
Source: Fierce Healthcare
Jun 12, 2019 - State and federal health officials are working to address rural health workforce shortages. States passed a variety of legislation, including a law offering a rural rotations program in Iowa and one establishing a Washington Health Corps in Washington State.
Source: ASTHO Experts Blog

Last Updated: 7/10/2019