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Rural Healthcare Workforce – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jan 14, 2020 - Discusses the projected decline in the number of physicians in rural areas, a Montana State University professor attributes the drop to minimal career opportunities for spouses, isolation, and lack of entertainment in rural areas. Describes how policy and recruitment programs have attempted to lure physicians to rural areas, but the need is more prominent as health disparities increase.
Source: Managed Care Magazine
Jan 7, 2020 - Highlights legislation that has been introduced in several states across the country to address healthcare workforce shortages with a focus on shortages in rural and underserved communities.
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures
Dec 31, 2019 - Includes information on free medication-assisted treatment (MAT) training for clinicians and the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine. Covers loan repayment programs provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Source: Bureau of Health Workforce
Dec 19, 2019 - The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announces the 2020 public meetings for the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC). The NACNHSC provides recommendations to the Secretary of HHS and HRSA Administration on matters related to the National Health Service Corps program.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 10, 2019 - A Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Colorado hired a new physician to treat patients and train other medical professionals to practice at rural VA hospitals around the country. Describes the Commission Corps Officer program and its intent to address doctor shortages in rural America.
Source: The Daily Sentinel
Nov 27, 2019 - Blog article examines what it is like to be a doctor in rural America, particularly in the Midwest. Describes how rural doctors usually have a wider scope of practice, may work longer hours, and prioritize technology.
Source: Muncie Voice
Nov 21, 2019 - Opinion piece from a tenured nurse at the Iowa Online Nurse Residency Program who recalls the impact her first rural nurse leader had on shaping her career. Discusses recommendations to appeal to millennials in the healthcare workforce and highlights the importance of good leadership in developing high-quality nurses and strengthening rural facilities.
Source: National Rural Health Association

Last Updated: 1/14/2020