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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

HHS Awards $293 Million to Expand Primary Health Care Workforce
Oct 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced funding through the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) and the Nurse Corps programs, which provide scholarships and loan repayment to providers for working in areas of the country with limited access to care. $293 million in funding will connect primary care providers and students to rural, tribal, and other underserved communities across the country.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Rural Pharmacies Are Closing: Where Does That Leave Patients?
Oct 17, 2018 - Discusses rural pharmacy closures and the wide-reaching impact these closures can have on their communities. Also touches on some of the causes of closures including bigger chain pharmacies and low reimbursement rates.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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The Drive To Quality And Access In Rural Health
Oct 17, 2018 - Focuses on the role quality measurement plays for rural participation in quality improvement initiatives and the relationship between access to care and quality in rural areas. Features the efforts of the National Quality Forum's Measure Applications Partnership Rural Health Workgroup, which recently identified a core set of quality measures to help address the unique needs of rural providers.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic
Oct 16, 2018 - Details the findings of a new poll on Life in Rural America from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions included the biggest problems facing rural people and their families, their optimism about the future, economic and health concerns, the opioid epidemic, and more.
Source: NPR
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FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
Oct 10, 2018 - Blog post by Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, sharing his experience in providing obstetrical care as a rural family physician in Alaska. Stresses the importance of family physicians and OB/Gyns working together in order to reverse trends in rural maternal and infant mortality.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Strengthening Health and Health Care in Rural America
Oct 4, 2018 - Blog post from the Commonwealth Fund written by Mary Wakefield. Discusses the history of rural health, the present and future health needs in rural communities, and the efforts of the Commonwealth Fund to improve rural health both in the past and looking forward. Includes considerations around payment policy, healthcare delivery, healthcare workforce, community partnerships, and research.
Source: To The Point, The Commonwealth Fund
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NQF Releases Report to Improve Access and Health Needs of Rural Communities
Sep 17, 2018 - Press release announcing that the National Quality Forum (NQF) has released a report identifying a core set of best available quality measures that would address key challenges rural residents and providers face and which includes recommendations that address the availability, accessibility, and affordability of care. This report, A Core Set of Rural-Relevant Measures, is available online.
Source: National Quality Forum
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A Rural Town Banded Together to Open a Hospital. Its Foe? A Larger Hospital.
Sep 5, 2018 - Details efforts within a rural town in Florida to open a new hospital. The area has a high poverty rate and significant health disparities, many related to the distance people have to travel for care. In addition to regulatory and financial hurdles, a larger hospital 40 miles away has asked the state to deny their proposal, a move that has delayed plans to build the hospital. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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Broadband and the Opioid Epidemic: Connecting Rural Communities to Hope
Aug 27, 2018 - Guest post for the Rural Broadband Association by Anne Hazlett, the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Discusses the impact of broadband internet access on rural economies and on rural residents' access to healthcare, including behavioral healthcare. Touches on mental health, the opioid epidemic, and efforts to expand broadband access.
Source: The Rural Broadband Association
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Wanted: Rural Doctors
Aug 22, 2018 - Discusses the great need for doctors in rural areas, focusing on Alabama to illustrate the national problem. Highlights a number of barriers to recruitment and retention for rural areas including lower salaries, high student debt, lack of opportunities in rural areas for spouses, and more.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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Last Updated: 10/19/2018