CDC Releases Digital Measles Toolkit

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has created a digital measles toolkit to support health care providers during the current multi-state measles outbreak. It contains products for clinicians and patients about vaccines and measles that include accurate, science-based evidence that can help counter misinformation about measles and MMR vaccine. It helps to support […]

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AAMC Releases Report on Physician Shortage

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released the AAMC Report on Physician Shortage,  its annual report on workforce shortages for health care across the nation. This year’s report projects a primary care physician shortage of 21,100 to 55,200 physicians by 2032. The shortfall range reflects the projected rapid growth in the supply of advance practice […]

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New Report Examines Financial Health of Pennsylvania Hospitals

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the independent state agency that collects and analyzes comparative information on healthcare organizations, has released its latest report on hospitals. PHC4 Executive Director Joe Martin noted the report shows Pennsylvania general acute care hospitals’ uncompensated care again decreased, as it has in each of the past five years, […]

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New Brief Comparing Characteristics of Communities served by Critical Access Hospitals

The Flex Monitoring Team has published a new brief comparing the characteristics of communities served by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) predicted to be at high risk of financial distress to communities served by all other CAHs. Using data from 2017, the Financial Distress Index (FDI) model assigns CAHs to high, mid-high, mid-low, or low predicted […]

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Appalachian Regional Commission Seats Substance Abuse Advisory Council

According to Opioids in Appalachia: The Role of Counties in Reversing a Regional Epidemic, a new report issued today by the National Association of Counties (NaCO) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the 2017 death rate for opioid overdoses in Appalachian counties was an astounding 72 percent higher than non-Appalachian counties. Since December, ARC has hosted […]

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Medicare Shared Savings Program: Submit Notice of Intent to Apply

Beginning June 11 through June 28. CMS announced Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) and application cycle dates for a January 1, 2020 start date for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Beginning June 11, 2019, CMS will start accepting NOIAs via the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Management System (ACO-MS). You must submit a NOIA […]

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HRSA Awards $24 Million To 120 Rural Organizations For Opioid Response

During the week of May 6, 2019, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded $24 million for the second round of Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) planning grants. Recipients across 40 states will receive $200,000 for one year to formalize partnerships with local stakeholders, conduct needs assessments, […]

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Opportunities to Advance Complex Care in Rural and Frontier Areas

People with complex care needs who live in rural communities face many of the same challenges experienced by individuals in urban areas, such as lack of transportation and food insecurity. However, rural communities are not just scaled-down cities. Despite facing similar challenges to patients living in urban areas, individuals with complex needs in rural areas […]

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CMS Administrator Reflects on Agency’s Rural Health Strategy

May 8, 2019By Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services   Putting our Rethinking Rural Health Strategy into Action    Approximately 60 million Americans or roughly 1 in 5 live in rural areas, with nearly every state having a rural county. The Trump Administration recognizes the significant obstacles faced by patients and providers […]

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Impacts of Rural Economy on Farmer Mental Health

 In a poll sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation, nearly half of farmers and farmworkers surveyed said they are experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago.  Financial issues were the most common stressor cited; other factors included the weather, the economy, isolation and stigma.  Most of the rural Americans polled […]

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CDC: Pregnancy-Related Deaths Happen Before, During, and Up to a Year After Delivery

In a new release during the week of May 6, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 700 women die from pregnancy-related complications each year in the U.S. and that 60 percent of these deaths could be prevented.  According to the Vital Signs report, Black women and American Indian/Alaska Native […]

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