RTTC 2023 Annual Meeting

Details & Registration

Our Participating Programs and Sponsors

Ohio University HCOM
Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency – Swift River Rural Training Track
Colorado Family Medicine Residencies
Ohio University RUSP
Cahaba Medical Care
Spokane Teaching Health Center
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
Oregon Health & Science University-Cascades East Family Medicine Residency
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana
Providence Oregon Family Medicine Hood River Rural Training Program
Hidalgo Medical Services Family Medicine Residency Program
Wayne County Hospital RESST Program
UND Bismarck/Center for Family Medicine-Hettinger RTT & UND Minot/Williston Medical Center-Rural Residency
Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Family Medicine Residency

Featured News Story

Participating Program Highlight: Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Family Medicine Residency

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Participating Program Highlight: Ukiah Valley Family Medicine Residency

This week we chatted with Ukiah Valley Family Medicine Residency’s Associate Program Director Sara Martin, MD, MSc!

To understand our program, one needs to understand our community.  Nestled in the wide Ukiah valley in rural Northern California, we are surrounded by mountains. Due to its mountainous nature, Mendocino County takes ~three hours to drive across, and a decent percentage of its ~80,000 inhabitants lack cell service.  People usually don’t think of rural when they think of California, but we qualify by any definition.

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Latest News

News stories via the Rural Health Information Hub News stories of interest to rural health, with information provided via the Rural Health Information Hub

  • Apply Now! Rural Health Care Coordination Program Funding Opportunity
    on March 27, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Announcement from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy of the application period for the Rural Health Care Coordination Program. The program is designed to improve and expand the delivery of healthcare services in rural areas through comprehensive care coordination strategies. Applications are due May 15, 2023.

  • Fresh Produce Is an Increasingly Popular Prescription for Chronically Ill Patients
    on March 23, 2023 at 5:00 am

    The Montana Produce Prescription Collaborative was recently awarded a federal grant of $500,000 to support Montana produce prescription programs over the next 3 years. Participating partners screen patients for chronic health conditions and food access, and eligible patients receive coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • The National Broadband Map – Getting Better All the Time
    on March 23, 2023 at 5:00 am

    In November the Federal Communications Commission released new broadband maps providing a snapshot of the state of broadband deployment in the United States. The maps are designed to be constantly and consistently refined through an iterative process, and public maps are updated every 2 weeks.

  • Mobile Clinics Really Got Rolling in the Pandemic. A New Law Will Help Them Cast a Wider Safety Net.
    on March 20, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Last fall Congress passed the MOBILE Health Care Act, which gives Federally Qualified Health Centers greater flexibility to use federal funding to create and operate mobile units. Health and community organizations have started using mobile units to bring COVID-19 testing and vaccination, primary care, behavioral health, and reproductive services to rural patients.

  • Opioids Are Devastating Cherokee Families. The Tribe Has a $100 Million Plan to Heal
    on March 19, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Tribal leaders in the Cherokee Nation say $100 million won in opioid settlements will help their community heal from decades of addiction. Over the next five years, the tribe plans to roll out a total of $75 million in new treatment facilities. The remainder will go toward the costs of running these sites as well as a scholarship fund.

  • Less Staff, Longer Delays and Fewer Options: Rural America Confronts a Health Care Crisis
    on March 18, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Discusses ongoing challenges rural hospitals face, including finances and workforce, noting that at least 136 rural hospitals and health systems closed between 2010-2021, and over 40% of rural hospitals operate with negative profit margins. In 2019, the Health Resources and Services Administration funded 32 new rural residency programs in an effort to increase the number of providers practicing in rural areas, .

  • The Pandemic Pushed Rural Philanthropy to Change
    on March 16, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Examines ways in which some philanthropic organizations changed direction during the COVID-19 pandemic and focused more on relationship-building and on-the-ground support for their rural partners. Highlights efforts at Con Alma Health Foundation in New Mexico, the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation in Freeport, Maine, and United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, based in Hutchinson, Kansas.

  • Tackling Rural America's 'Hidden' Housing Crisis
    on March 15, 2023 at 5:00 am

    The rate of homelessness and housing insecurity rose faster in rural places than the country at large over the past two years. Community-based organizations like the Gary Leif Navigation Center in Roseburg, Oregon and Kentucky River Community Care in eastern Kentucky are in a position to offer solutions.

  • Warner, Blackburn Lead Bipartisan Effort to Preserve Access to Rural Health Care
    on March 15, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Virginia Senator Mark R. Warner and Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn reintroduced the Save Rural Hospitals Act, which would amend the Medicare Area Wage Index formula. The index is used to adjust a hospital's overall payment from the Medicare program on the basis of geographic differences in labor costs, to ensure that rural hospitals receive fair payment for the care they provide.

  • Experts: National Physician Shortage Will Hit Rural Areas Harder
    on March 13, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Shares the results of a study that found while the entire country is seeing dwindling numbers of physicians, rural areas still remain behind their urban counterparts, risking a deepening healthcare crisis for rural America.

Helpful Resources

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

  • Review of Four CARA Programs and Preparing for Future Evaluations
    on March 28, 2023 at 10:30 pm

    Report highlights a review of four programs funded through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) aimed at expanding access to overdose prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder. Explores the impact of the programs on their communities and makes recommendations for policy makers. Discusses challenges and program adaptations for rural communities. -- Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

  • Rural Community Development (RCD) Project Highlights Map
    on March 28, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    Provides a snapshot of Rural Community Development (RCD) projects that provide clean and safe water and wastewater practices by state. Includes U.S. map that depicts the 6 regions collaborating with the RCD program. -- Administration for Children and Families

  • Rural Community Development (RCD) Grant Recipient Spotlights
    on March 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Presents Rural Community Development (RCD) grant recipient stories about how they developed clean and safe water and wastewater practices in their rural and/or tribal communities. Includes video testimonials from RCD project sites across the United States that discuss the impact of water/wastewater programs in their locality. -- Administration for Children and Families

  • Income and Rural–Urban Status Moderate the Association Between Income Inequality and Life Expectancy in US Census Tracts
    on March 28, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Examines how income inequality and life expectancy (LE) are impacted by socioeconomic status (SES) and rural versus urban status at the census-tract level. Utilizes 2010-2015 data to examine the relationship of LE to SES, urbanicity, and other sociodemographic factors. Presents the data through descriptive statistics, figures, and graphs.

  • HealthCare.gov Marketplace Plan Selections by Rural Status
    on March 27, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    Presents data on consumers who selected or were automatically reenrolled in a Marketplace medical plan during the 2023 open enrollment period. Includes state-by-state breakdowns of rural versus urban enrollees by ZIP code location, a U.S. map showing total enrollees by state, and open enrollment trends from 2017 to 2023. -- Kaiser Family Foundation

  • Optimizing Population-Based Total Cost of Care (PB-TCOC) Models in the Context of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and Physician-Focused...
    on March 27, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    Report from the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) summarizing findings on population-based total cost of care (PB-TCOC) payment models and the role these models can play in optimizing health care delivery and value-based transformation in the context of alternative payment models (APMs) and physician-focused payment models (PFPMs). Provides an overview of key issues relating to PB-TCOC models and value-based care transformation. Identifies areas where additional research is needed and some potential next steps. Includes rural references throughout. -- HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

  • Medicare Part B Overpaid and Beneficiaries Incurred Cost-Share Overcharges of Over $1 Million for the Same Professional Services
    on March 27, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    Results of an audit of Medicare Part B claims to determine whether Part B payments to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for professional services and payments made to healthcare practitioners for the same services complied with federal requirements. Includes recommendations from the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the response from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). -- Office of Inspector General (HHS)

  • Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS): Eligibility and Participation in the 2023 Performance Year - Traditional MIPS
    on March 27, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Provides an overview of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility criteria. Addresses calculation of the low-volume threshold exclusion at the individual and group levels, opt-in and voluntary reporting options, and the impact of special status designations such as rural and small practices. -- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • Health Care's Role in Rural Economic Development: How Work Support Programs Improve Health and Stimulate Rural Economies
    on March 27, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    Policy brief exploring how work support programs – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF) – and other state and federal programs can address social determinants of health, improve health, and stimulate economic activity in rural America. Offers policy recommendations to increase access to these programs in rural areas. -- National Rural Health Association

  • Severity of Illness and Risk of Mortality in Mayo Clinic's Virtual Hybrid Advanced Care at Home Program: A Retrospective Cohort Study
    on March 27, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Examines the virtual hybrid hospital-at-home (HaH) model, Advanced Care at Home (ACH), at urban clinic hospitals in Florida and Arizona and a rural clinic hospital in Wisconsin. Describes demographic characteristics of ACH patients, their acuity of illness, and risk of mortality (ROM) by clinic location.