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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

A Conversation with Scott Daniels
Jun 19, 2018 - Radio interview with Scott Daniels, Ph.D., Performance Improvement Coordinator at the State of Hawaii Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. Discussion includes rural health in Hawaii, the difficulty of attracting providers to the state, especially to the most rural and remote areas, the emphasis on culturally-competent care, and a leadership development program being implemented among Critical Access Hospitals in the state, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Rethinking Rural Healthcare: How to Improve Healthcare in Rural Areas
Jun 11, 2018 - Modern Healthcare released an edition focused on rural healthcare, touching on topics like the opioid crisis, telehealth, the healthcare workforce, population health, the risk of rural hospital closures, and more, including highlighting efforts in specific states. (May require registration for full articles.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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Chairman Pai Proposes Significant Funding Increase For Rural Health Care Program
Jun 7, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he had circulated a draft order to his colleagues that would increase the Universal Service Fund's Rural Health Care Program's funding cap from $400 million to $571 million. This increase is what the original funding level cap would be today when adjusted for inflation. This increase would apply to the current funding year. It would also give providers long-term certainty by adjusting the cap annually for inflation and allowing unused funds from prior years to be carried forward.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Rural America Has Too Few Dentists — and Too Few Patients Who Can Pay
Jun 7, 2018 - Discusses oral health needs and disparities in rural America, focusing on a rural town in West Virginia. Although things like workforce shortages and preventive services either being reimbursed at low rates or not being covered at all by Medicaid or Medicare can contribute to the problem, this also touches on the economic realities of rural America and how difficult it can be to afford care even when it is accessible. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post
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MAP Rural Health Workgroup Second Draft Report Comment through July 2
Jun 4, 2018 - Project Alert from the National Quality Forum (NQF) announcing that the second draft report is posted to the NQF's Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Rural Health Workgroup webpage. Comments will be accepted through Monday, July 2, 2018.
Source: National Quality Forum
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A Conversation with Carrie Henning Smith
May 22, 2018 - Radio interview with Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, the Deputy Director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Discussion includes an overview of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and its work, including research into barriers faced by rural residents in accessing nursing home care and related population health concerns, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Telemedicine Takes Transgender Care Beyond The City
May 5, 2018 - Details the difficulties rural transgender people face related to accessing healthcare, including general healthcare as well as care related to their transition, and the difference that telemedicine can make in providing access to that care. Issues related to their rurality and to social stigma can be alleviated this way, but only if these patients also live in areas with broadband infrastructure.
Source: NPR
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In Rural Areas Hit Hard by Opioids, a New Source of Hope
Apr 30, 2018 - Discusses the difference access to care can make for people struggling with opioid use disorder, highlighting a program in rural Delaware. Also touches on barriers to care and the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which helped fund the Delaware program, to address the opioid epidemic.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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Last Updated: 6/19/2018