RTTC 2022 Annual Meeting
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- Biden-Harris Administration Invests $74 Million to Improve Health Care for People Living in 37 States, Guam and Puerto Ricoon August 11, 2022 at 5:00 am
Announces $74 million in USDA grants to 143 rural healthcare organizations, including $32 million for rural healthcare organizations serving socially vulnerable communities. Highlights examples of funded projects and upgrades in Georgia, North Dakota, and Texas, and offers an overview of the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants program.
- HHS Invests Nearly $60 Million to Strengthen Health Care Workforce and Improve Access to Care in Rural Communitieson August 8, 2022 at 5:00 am
Announces nearly $60 million in funding to support rural health workforce growth and access to quality healthcare. Provides an overview of the funded efforts in healthcare job development, training, and placement, as well as funding for new rural medical residency programs and a $1 million award to 3 organizations working to increase access to healthcare for rural veterans.
- A Proclamation on National Health Center Week, 2022on August 5, 2022 at 5:00 am
Announces a presidential proclamation of the week of August 7-13 as National Health Center Week, highlighting the work of community health centers to increase access to medical care and public health services in underserved and rural areas. Describes federal investments in the Health Center Program.
- The US Mental Health Hotline Network Is Expanding, but Rural Areas Still Face Care Shortageson July 28, 2022 at 5:00 am
Describes the challenges facing largely rural states and rural counties as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline rolls out the 988 phone number, which will take calls for behavioral health crises and connect callers to services, if needed. Notes that many rural counties rely on law enforcement to respond to crisis calls and that many rural callers may be required to travel to access mental health services.
- CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting...on July 26, 2022 at 5:00 am
Notice of proposed rule revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2023. This proposed rule also outlines Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) payment policy, quality measures, and enrollment policy. Among other things, this proposed rule also updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program, the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, and the Rural Emergency Hospital Quality Reporting Program. Comments are due by September 13, 2022.
- American Institute of Dental Public Health Rural Oral Health ECHO Call for Case Presentationson July 26, 2022 at 5:00 am
The American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) is accepting submissions for case presentations for the Rural Oral Health ECHO Hub. Monthly sessions focus on emerging topics in rural health in collaboration with, and supported by subject matter expertise from partners at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, Oral Health Progress and Equity Network, and the National Rural Health Association.
- Inflation is Crushing Rural America and May Even Drive People to the Citieson July 25, 2022 at 5:00 am
Reports on an Iowa State University study which found that in the past year expenses for rural Americans increased by 9.2% while their earnings increased by only 2.5%. Describes the effect that higher fuel prices have had on rural people, due to longer distances traveled for work, school, healthcare, and shopping for daily necessities, and the possibility that for this reason some might choose to move closer to larger cities.
- House Members Ask HHS to Clarify Enforcement Plans for 96-hour Ruleon July 22, 2022 at 5:00 am
Reports on a request by a bipartisan group of House of Representatives members for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to clarify by Sept. 9 whether and how the Administration plans to enforce the Medicare 96-hour payment rule and condition of participation for Critical Access Hospitals when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.
- There Aren't Nearly Enough Native American Physicians. A Crash Course in Medicine Seeks to Change Thaton July 21, 2022 at 5:00 am
Highlights a 3-week program for Native American students and graduates of tribal and community colleges to shadow physicians and train at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Describes the need for Native American physicians in rural tribal communities and the aims of the program to offer a pipeline to medical school and healthcare careers.
- Nurse Midwives Step Up to Provide Prenatal Care After Two Rural Hospitals Shutter Birthing Centerson July 15, 2022 at 5:00 am
Highlights the work of rural nurse midwives to support prenatal care access in Iowa, noting issues for one pregnant woman related to reliable transportation to the remaining open birthing unit in her area and the impact of transportation on her delivery options. Describes a pilot project through the University of Iowa that utilizes a midwife team, serving more than 500 patients in the surrounding rural area.
Rural resources via the Rural Health Information Hub Resources, reports, and other documents on rural health topics from a variety of sources, with information provided via the Rural Health Information Hub
- More than Half of U.S. Counties Had at Least One Farmers Market That Accepted Credit Cards in 2018on August 11, 2022 at 2:25 pm
County-level map that shows amount of farmers markets that accept credit cards for food purchase. -- USDA Economic Research Service
- Georgia Farmworker Health Program: Health Services Needs Assessmenton August 11, 2022 at 2:09 pm
Provides a demographic description of people served by the 6 Georgia Farmworker Health Program sites, descriptions of the most frequent diagnoses for migrant farmworkers and their dependents, an assessment of the health services provided to the farmworker population, and recommendations for improving access to care and services provided. Features statistics with breakdowns for years 2018-2021. -- Georgia State Office of Rural Health
- Environmental Justice Index (EJI)on August 11, 2022 at 1:51 pm
Mapping and data tool that presents census tract-level statistical data on 36 environmental, social, and health factors contributing to environmental injustice. Uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to generate rankings. -- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Rural-Urban Differences in Breast Cancer Surgical Delays in Medicare Beneficiarieson August 11, 2022 at 1:22 pm
Examines patients with early-stage breast cancer to evaluate biopsy-to-surgery delays by rurality of patient and surgery location. Analyzes 238,491 patients who underwent breast cancer surgery with demographic breakdowns by age, hospital type/location, race/ethnicity, area deprivation index, and patient and surgery location such as isolated small rural town, small rural town, large rural city/town, and urban.
- Association Between Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act and Survival Among Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patientson August 11, 2022 at 1:21 pm
Examines the relationship between cancer survival and Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by sex, race and ethnicity, poverty level, and rurality. Utilizes the Cancer Incidence in North America (CiNA) Survival dataset to analyze 2, 555 ,302 patients diagnosed with cancer to see pre-ACA and post-ACA survival rates.
- Wisconsin Community Health Center Workforceon August 10, 2022 at 9:14 pm
Provides data and information related to the Wisconsin community health center workforce. Focuses on workforce shortages, training pipelines, addressing challenges, innovative workforce practices, policy considerations, and more. Includes discussion specific to rural areas. -- Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
- Elders Count Nevadaon August 10, 2022 at 8:47 pm
Reports data and information on the elder population of Nevada, including population demographics, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and healthcare infrastructure. Offers county-level counts of the senior population in 2018 and their percentage of the overall county population. -- Center for Healthy Aging, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office of Statewide Initiatives
- Wisconsin Rural Health Clinicson August 10, 2022 at 7:05 pm
County-level map showing locations of Wisconsin Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and list of RHCs by county. -- Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
- Wisconsin Critical Access Hospitalson August 10, 2022 at 6:58 pm
County-level map showing locations of Wisconsin Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and list of CAHs by county. -- Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
- Inequities in Availability of Evidence-Based Birth Supports to Improve Perinatal Health for Socially Vulnerable Rural Residentson August 10, 2022 at 6:29 pm
Examines the social risk factors rural residents face related to maternal and infant mortality. Utilizes data from 285 rural hospitals across the United States that have inpatient birthing centers to measure the availability of maternal and postpartum supports such as breastfeeding support groups, nurse home visiting, childbirth education classes, and more. Evaluates each hospital's social vulnerability index (SVI) on the county-level to determine the level of birth support inequities in rural areas and for residents who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).