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Rural Healthcare Workforce – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Aug 19, 2020 - Features a rural physician in California whose decision to practice in rural areas began when he was completing his family medicine training at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. Describes how rural areas are in need of more physicians and highlights initiatives at UC Davis that aim to increase the number of physicians from underrepresented groups and place them in areas where they are most needed.
Source: UC Davis Magazine
Aug 17, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking public and stakeholder feedback to inform policy related to scoring criteria for Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Feedback is requested by September 18, 2020.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Aug 14, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has put extra pressure on physicians and other healthcare workers; in response, some health systems are using connected health platforms to connect stressed employees with virtual behavioral health services. Discusses how telehealth addresses physician burnout and improves work-life balance, and will continue to do so after the pandemic.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Aug 13, 2020 - Highlights the annual University of Missouri School of Medicine Bryant Scholars Summer Retreat, a program that encourages rural students to pursue a medical education. The program is typically held on campus, but due to COVID-19, it happened virtually, utilizing video calls and online platforms to connect with students.
Source: University of Missouri School of Medicine
Aug 3, 2020 - Describes how pharmacists can be used to help patients manage medications and address chronic illness as the healthcare workforce shortage continues to grow in rural areas. Identifies states that have expanded pharmacists' scope of practice to prescribe or modify medications, allowing patients to receive medications in a timelier manner.
Source: National Conference of State Legislators
Jul 30, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study that found rural nurse practitioners (NPs) practice with more autonomy than their urban counterparts, which could motivate NPs to choose to practice in rural areas. Practice autonomy was measured by the percentage of patients NPs treat as their primary care provider, independence from physician supervision, and authority to prescribe medications.
Source: University of Minnesota

Last Updated: 8/20/2020