RTTC 2023 Annual Meeting

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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

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Annual Report 2021 – 2022 Now Available

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The RTT Collaborative has published its Annual Report 2021 – 2022!
Thank you to everyone who has supported the RTTC and helped make it successful.

In this report, you will find…

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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

  • Montana Pharmacists May Get More Power to Prescribe
    on January 27, 2023 at 6:00 am

    Montana Senate Bill 112 addresses the physician shortage by expanding the limited authority Montana gives pharmacists to prescribe medications and devices. Supporters said the measure could help fill healthcare gaps in rural areas in particular, while opponents worry it would give pharmacists physician-like authority without the same education.

  • FCC Improving Support for Digital Health in Rural America
    on January 26, 2023 at 6:00 am

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved several proposals for the Rural Health Care Program to make it easier for healthcare providers to receive support, reduce delays in funding commitments, and improve the efficiency of the program. Reliable high speed connectivity is important for rural healthcare providers to serve patients in rural areas that may have limited resources, fewer doctors, and higher costs for broadband and telecommunications services than urban areas.

  • A Year to Prepare – Organizers Work to Ensure 988 Helps Rural Residents Too
    on January 24, 2023 at 6:00 am

    In July 2022 the federal government launched the 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline, enabling people experiencing a mental health crisis to connect with professionals and services. The real launch will occur this summer, and rural communities are preparing for an increase in calls by training operators how to provide help to farmers and other rural residents.

  • Report: 113K U.S. Indigenous Individuals Live in Mental Health Care Deserts
    on January 24, 2023 at 6:00 am

    Highlights a report from GoodRx Research, stating that more than 113,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) live in 492 counties that lack mental health providers. The study also found that counties with a higher population of AI/AN residents had a lower percentage of households with access to telehealth. States with the highest numbers of mental health deserts are Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Alaska. South Dakota and Alaska are among the states with highest numbers of AI/AN residents living in mental health deserts.

  • First Responders Are Being Trained on OBGYN Emergencies to Help Fill Gaps in Rural America
    on January 24, 2023 at 6:00 am

    From 2004 to 2014, 9% of rural counties lost all hospital obstetric services. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is providing classroom-style and real-life scenario instruction to emergency responders, nurses, and providers in small rural hospitals to prepare them for emergency situations involving pregnant mothers and their babies.

  • Bolstering Care for Veterans Aim of Bipartisan Tester Bill
    on January 24, 2023 at 6:00 am

    Montana Senator Jon Tester and Arkansas Senator John Boozman introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at bolstering recruitment and retention of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinicians, particularly in rural areas. The VA Clinician Appreciation, Recruitment, Education, Expansion, and Retention Support Act would provide the VA with tools to compete for highly qualified medical personnel, support training for current and future VA clinicians, and provide more oversight and public transparency on the VA's efforts to address vacancies.

  • Small-Town Nursing Homes Closing Amid Staffing Crunch
    on January 22, 2023 at 6:00 am

    13 of the 15 Iowa nursing homes that closed in 2022 were in rural areas. A nationwide nursing home workforce shortage and lack of open nursing home beds results in patients sometimes being transferred to facilities far from their hometowns, especially if they have dementia, obesity, or other conditions that require extra attention.

  • Transgender People in Rural America Struggle to Find Doctors Willing or Able to Provide Care
    on January 20, 2023 at 6:00 am

    Discusses obstacles that transgender people living in rural areas face when seeking medical care, stating that they are three times as likely as all transgender adults to travel 25 to 49 miles for routine care. According to a 2018 pilot study almost 77% of students from 10 medical schools in New England felt "not competent" or "somewhat not competent" in treating gender minority patients.

  • Luring Out-of-State Professionals Is Just the First Step in Solving Montana's Health Worker Shortage
    on January 20, 2023 at 6:00 am

    Montana lawmakers are considering proposals to make it easier for professionals with out-of-state licenses to work in Montana. House Bill 152 is designed to simplify the process for licensing more than 50 professions, including healthcare jobs.

  • Is Rural America Growing Again? Recent Data Suggests Yes
    on January 18, 2023 at 6:00 am

    The population in rural areas decreased during the 2010-2020 decade, but grew by 0.13% from 2020-21, according to Census estimates. Powder River County, Montana experienced population growth that would not have occurred without migration, as deaths outnumbered births there during this period. Opportunities for remote work because of COVID-19 may have contributed to rural population growth in the months following the 2020 census.

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

  • Telemedicine Use and Quality of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    on January 30, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Results of a study of 1,768 clinicians treating 11,801 patients with opioid use disorder (OUD), to examine the association between telemedicine adoption during the COVID-19 pandemic and indicators of OUD treatment quality. Explores medications for OUD (MOUD) prescribing and OUD-related clinical events, including drug overdose, inpatient detoxification, and rehabilitation center stay. Features statistics including patient and clinician characteristics, with breakdowns by metropolitan, micropolitan, small town, and rural location.

  • Telehealth and Licensure Policies Improving Healthcare Access for Rural Communities
    on January 27, 2023 at 10:04 pm

    Discusses expanding licensure across state lines so providers can provide telehealth services to a wider service area. Provides information on Medicaid and Medicare telehealth policies as well as state-level legislation focused on cross-state licensing. -- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

  • Ohio 2023 Early Childhood Dashboard
    on January 27, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    Provides an overview of early childhood health outcomes and overall wellness in Ohio. Covers issues such as birth outcomes, young child health, maternal health, school readiness, healthcare access and quality, economic stability, food insecurity, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), housing, and more. Includes family profiles and data with comparisons of Ohio's metrics versus the U.S. at large, as well as select data broken down by county, race/ethnicity, and rural versus urban. -- Groundwork Ohio, Health Policy Institute of Ohio

  • 2023-2028 Texas State Health Plan
    on January 27, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    Provides recommendations to the Texas legislature on how to help ensure access to healthcare for all Texans. Addresses access to care, rural health, the mental health and behavioral health workforce, and teleservices and technology. -- Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council

  • Wisconsin's State Opioid Response 2 Grant Program and Client Overview
    on January 27, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    Analyzes data provided by clients who completed State Opioid Response (SOR-2) interviews from from September 2020 through July 2022 and engaged with the grant's mission to expand treatment and improve access to opioid and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Reports on grant activities including implementation and expansion of opioid treatment, opiate treatment centers (OTC), opioid treatment services (OTS), emergency department (ED) induction/mobile unit, and unmet treatment needs, with county-level data provided. -- University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

  • Maintaining Compliance in Your RHC Webinar
    on January 27, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    Recording of a January 26, 2023, webinar presenting an overview of a toolkit to help Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) maintain compliance and prepare for surveys. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series. -- National Association of Rural Health Clinics

  • Guidance for Rural Emergency Hospital Provisions, Conversion Process and Conditions of Participation
    on January 27, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Provides guidance regarding the enrollment and conversion processes for facilities interested in participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs as a Rural Emergency Hospital (REH). Covers eligibility, enrollment, conversion action plans, action plans, and attestation. Includes answers to frequently asked questions about the REH program and State Operations Manual Appendix O - Survey Protocol, Regulations and Interpretive Guidelines for Rural Emergency Hospitals. -- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • FCC Broadband Map - Data Year 2020
    on January 26, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    An interactive map allowing the user to identify the highest percentage coverage of broadband internet speed that is greater than or equal to 25 megabits per second (Mbps), or less than 25 Mbps for each county in the U.S. -- Federal Communications Commission, Institute for Digital Health & Innovation

  • Prevalence of Meeting Aerobic, Muscle-Strengthening, and Combined Physical Activity Guidelines During Leisure Time Among Adults, by...
    on January 26, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Reports on rates of adults in metropolitan and nonmetro areas meeting aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and combined aerobic and muscle-strengthening guidelines during leisure time. -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Oregon Areas of Unmet Health Care Need Report 2022
    on January 26, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    Covers nine variables that describe areas of unmet healthcare need in Oregon and measure access to primary care, mental, and oral healthcare services. Areas of unmet need are scored based on variables within the following categories: availability of providers, ability to afford care, and utilization. Includes statistics and county-level information by service areas. -- Oregon Office of Rural Health