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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

May 22, 2019 - A new study shows that broadband access in rural areas limits the ability of rural residents to use telehealth for accessing psychiatrists and primary care physicians. The research found that the same areas without enough psychiatrists and primary care physicians were also less likely to have sufficient internet speeds for video-based telehealth.
Source: Fierce Healthcare
May 21, 2019 - A new Life in Rural America poll shows that a majority of rural Americans are satisfied with their quality of life and optimistic about improving their communities. Healthcare access, finances, and high-speed internet access were among the top challenges cited, with about a quarter of respondents having challenges accessing healthcare and 8% facing a local hospital closure.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
May 14, 2019 - Request for information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding potential revisions to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Health Plan Survey (CAHPS), which addresses access to healthcare services among other areas. AHRQ would like feedback on current uses of the survey, what should stay the same, what should be added, and more. Comments are due June 13, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 23, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is offering a grant program for rural hospital networks to help increase access to obstetrics care in rural communities and to test new models of care. Since 2011, more than 150 communities lost access to maternal care services.
Source: Bloomberg Law
Apr 10, 2019 - The Rural Cancer Care Task Force, recently launched by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), will focus on addressing rural cancer disparities through 4 areas: provider education and training, workforce, teleoncology, and research.
Source: American Society of Clinical Oncology
Apr 10, 2019 - Since 2010, more than 100 hospitals have closed, and among them, the hospital in Tonopah, Nevada, leaving three rural counties without hospital services. Interviews members of Tonopah's volunteer ambulance service about the impact on the community.
Source: NBC Left Field
Apr 8, 2019 - A new survey of radiation oncologists shows a decrease in the percent working in rural areas, possibly exacerbating shortages and access issues for rural communities.
Source: Radiology Business
Apr 6, 2019 - The Rural Surgery Support Program is offering part-time surgeons to help meet the surgical needs of rural communities in North Dakota.
Source: Minot Daily News
Apr 5, 2019 - In Arizona, rural residents face a long drive to reach methadone clinics for treating opioid addiction.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun
Apr 3, 2019 - A new report highlights LGBTQ people living in rural areas and the where they live, with the South having the highest population. One challenge they face is accessing healthcare, particularly specialists.
Source: USA Today
Mar 29, 2019 - Many children in rural areas face challenges accessing mental healthcare. A program in rural Iowa brings care to them. Pathways School Mental Health Services program sends clinical social workers to schools in rural Iowa to provide students with mental health services.
Source: KWWL
Mar 29, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using telehealth to connect Veterans to care, particularly in rural areas, and requested a 10.5% budget increase as part of a 5-year plan to expand access using telehealth and app-based video visits.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
Mar 27, 2019 - West Virginia has a shortage of neurologists and even fewer headache specialists to treat people with migraines, particularly affecting access for rural areas of the state.
Source: EurekAlert!
Mar 25, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a grant opportunity for networks of rural hospitals, FQHCs, home visiting programs, and state Medicaid programs intended to improve maternal obstetrics care access and continuity in rural areas. The funding will test models in 4 areas: rural obstetric service aggregation, telehealth and specialty care, financial sustainability, and a network approach to coordinating care.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 5/22/2019