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Rural Healthcare Workforce – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Nov 12, 2020 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs to confirm that its healthcare professionals may practice their healthcare profession consistent with the scope and requirements of their VA employment, notwithstanding any State license, registration, certification, or other requirements that unduly interfere with their practice. This also confirms VA's authority to establish national standards of practice for healthcare professionals, which will standardize a healthcare professional's practice in all VA medical facilities. This interim final rule is effective November 12, 2020. Comments are due by January 11, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 2, 2020 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Homeland (DHS) amending its regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B registrations for filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions. DHS is also seeking comments and burden estimates on the following information collections: 1) H-1B Registration Tool and 2) Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Comments on the proposed rule are due by December 2, 2020. Comments on the information collection are due by January 4, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 26, 2020 - Describes how the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Midwest has exacerbated a workforce shortage in rural Minnesota nursing homes. Since May, 55 facilities have called for emergency staffing, reaching out to those laid off in the healthcare industry. Addresses how COVID fatigue or burnout has led many experienced workers to leave as well.
Source: MPR News
Oct 15, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (NRSA) announced $500 million in awards to support, recruit, and retain health professionals and students through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), Nurse Corps, and other workforce development programs. Includes a list of HRSA programs and the funding awarded in fiscal year 2020.
Oct 7, 2020 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Department of Homeland Security amending regulations governing the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to better ensure that each H-1B worker will be working for a qualified employer in a position that meets the statutory definition of a "specialty occupation." Comments on the interim final rule are due by December 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 6, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on an application Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) must submit to receive payment for the average training costs of eligible physicians and practitioners who obtain Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waivers to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. Comments are due by December 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 6, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is announcing an extension of a comment request on an information collection on the Health Workforce Connector (HWC). The HWC connects healthcare students and professionals interested in providing primary care services in underserved communities with facilities in need of healthcare providers. Comments are due by November 5, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - The National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC) will hold a virtual meeting on November 5, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda and connection instructions to join the meeting will be posted to the NACNHSC website prior to the meeting.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 11/12/2020