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Rural Healthcare Workforce News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Filling the Rural Gap With Good Recruiting, Telemedicine
Feb 13, 2019 - Discusses the Rural Health Disparities Summit, hosted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) during the NRHA's annual Rural Health Policy Institute. Focuses on rural health workforce shortages and the insights shared by AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., who works in rural Alaska, and Michael Kennedy, M.D. discussing his time in a rural practice in Kansas and his present work at the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita. Also touches on the impact of telemedicine and the launch of the AAFP's Rural Health Explorer, which includes a rural population health mapper and a healthcare workforce mapper.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Sewell, Smith Introduce Bills to Improve Rural Access to Healthcare
Feb 8, 2019 - Representatives Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) have introduced two bills aimed at improving access to healthcare in rural areas. The Critical Access Hospital Relief Act would repeal the Medicare 96-hour rule that requires facilities to either discharge or transfer a patient within four days of being admitted. The Physician Assistant Direct Payment Act would allow physician assistants to be receive payment for services directly from Medicare rather than through a third part, like a physician or hospital, as is currently required.
Source: Office of Congresswoman Terri Sewell
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Last Updated: 2/13/2019