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July 15 deadline to present at NRHA events
Only 4 days to submit proposals to present at the 37th Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation's largest gathering of rural health professionals, April 22-25 in Las Vegas, and one of the only meetings in the nation with a focus on rural minority health issues, NRHA’s Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference Dec. 3-5 in San Antonio, Texas. Help ensure NRHA conference content is fresh and valuable. Share this opportunity with colleagues, and submit your session proposals today.
NRHA meets with House committee, reaffirms rural safety net needs
A recent meeting of NRHA staff with the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health reaffirmed the need for immediate grassroots engagement to protect rural health care. From individual provider payments to hospital programs and ambulance payments, many programs that protect access to health care for rural Americans are at risk. Join NRHA for the March for Rural Hospitals July 31 in D.C. This event is free, but registration is required.
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NRHA works to promote 340B discount program expansion
NRHA joined Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access to set the record straight on the importance of the 340B drug discount program in rural and other safety net hospitals. The program allows certain safety net hospitals which provide care to vulnerable populations to purchase drugs at a discount from the manufacturer. NRHA will continue to fight for the expansion of the 340B program to all rural providers.
NRHA: DSH reductions, like mandate, should be delayed
This week’s surprise announcement by the Administration that the mandate provisions in the Affordable Care Act will be delayed for a one-year period comes at a time when there is great uncertainty in Medicaid expansion. The Administration has recognized that some delays in both Medicare and Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts are warranted, however, clear policy between Congress and the White House is needed. Help us bring our message to Capitol Hill at a free event July 31 in D.C.
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USDA offers $17.5 million for distance learning and telemedicine
The USDA is making available up to $17.5 million in grant funding to support distance learning and telemedicine efforts serving rural America. The program is designed to assist community facilities serving rural areas acquire distance learning and telemedicine technologies to link with other professionals to improve the services delivered to rural Americans. Each award will be between $50,000 and $500,000. Applications for this program are due by Aug. 12.
NRHA announces regional meetings for hospitals
Preserving Community Hospitals regional events will bring together rural health experts to provide decision makers with the foundation, framework and options to make informed capital, affiliation and governance decisions. Register today to save $100 on the first of a series of events geared toward keeping rural hospitals and helping them thrive. The first of these regional events are planned for Aug. 20-21 in Seattle and Aug. 27-28 in Milwaukee.
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Journal of Rural Health: Summer issue now available
The Journal of Rural Health, a peer-reviewed international journal published by NRHA, is devoted to advancing professional practice, research, theory development and public policy related to rural health. The summer issue is now available to members via NRHA Connect. Articles include rural considerations in health insurance exchanges and promoting heart health in rural women.
Flying physician uses pilots license to cover growing ER shortage
Hospitals all over the U.S. facing more and more difficulty to to cover emergency rooms. It's a crisis that's not going away. A shortage of ER doctors all over the country, including South Florida. The problem is so bad that some hospitals are even paying physicians thousands of dollars to fly to their emergency rooms.
Join the fight for rural hospitals with NRHA's free event
Rural hospital funding faces the biggest threat from both Congress and the Administration in years. Cuts to critical access hospitals have again been proposed, and hundreds of millions of dollars to rural PPS hospitals will be lost if Congress does not act by Oct. 1. If these threats become reality, rural hospitals will be forced to cut services and close doors. Register now to join NRHA July 31 in D.C. for a free education and advocacy event.
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NRHA fellow on seeking and sharing the truth about rural health
My defining moment, where my passion for rural health research really surfaced, was as a graduate student. A world-renowned economic historian gave me, a young researcher, the best advice. She said, "Seek the truth and tell it." This advice guides me as I conduct research on rural and farmer health, rural access to health care and rural health care provision links with community development.
Mental health professionals in rural areas have heavy load
The Associated Press via Minnesota Public Radio
Dentistry, primary care and mental health are areas that the Health Resources and Services Administration have designated as experiencing workforce shortages. Because of this shortage, those who do remain in these fields, especially mental health specialists, have a higher caseload.
Health care bill brings changes for rural clinics
St. Joseph News-Press
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed H.B. 315 at the end of the last legislative session. Part of the bill addresses mileage restrictions on physician assistants and advanced practice nurses. Both types of licensed providers collaborate with physicians to provide health care.
At some rural companies, the doctor is in
The Wall Street Journal
Making time for a doctor's visit during the work week is tough enough for workers who live in urban areas. The task grows even harder when your workplace is an hour's drive from the nearest hospital or healthcare facility.
Where we stand as the scope of health care reform shrinks
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
In 2007, Barack Obama was a presidential candidate who made a promise to provide "universal, affordable health care in America." Six years later, though his presidency-defining legislation is still on the table, things have changed somewhat.
NRHA partner offers free webinar on physician compensation
Why it is important to reexamine your physician compensation governance process? How might executive administration organize itself to address recruitment and retention? How does one maintain flexibility to act with requisite governance oversight or ensure pragmatic stratification in determining compensation for differing physician specialties? Join NRHA partner Yaffe and Company for a free webinar addressing these and other questions at noon CST July 23.
Oregon: Getting 'frequent flyers' out of hospital emergency rooms
Kaiser Health News
As part of the nation's health care overhaul, Oregon has been given permission to conduct its own experiments. One way it's trying to reduce Medicaid costs is to encourage people who constantly turn up at the emergency department — so-called "frequent flyers" — to get their health care from regular doctors instead.
Physicians get many job overtures and should brace for more
American Medical News
A study released in June shows that more than half of practicing physicians get at least three employment solicitations a week. Almost 29 percent receive three to five weekly. Twenty-three percent get six to 10 notices, according to the study based on responses of more than 2,500 physicians in 19 specialties by the Medicus Firm, a physician recruiter.
Hospital in rural Missouri faces tough challenges
St. Louis Post Dispatch via Kaiser Health News
The Affordable Care Act's success or failure will depend in large part on the efforts of rural hospitals such as Poplar Bluff in Missouri to treat the poor. It may be in a shiny new building, but it has a long way to go to provide efficient, low-cost medical care in its market. And like other rural hospitals, Poplar Bluff has special challenges.
Researchers look at why poor patients prefer hospital care
Kaiser Health News
Researchers interviewed 40 patients of low socioeconomic status in the qualitative study to document how and where they receive health care. The patients fell into two groups: Socially dysfunctional or disabled patients who sought hospital care five or more times a month, and those who were socially stable but found it hard to access ambulatory care. The researchers identified the study subjects by their zip codes and hospital usage.
Help shape new tools for shared decision making for treatment options
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites you to provide input on the development of new clinical tools and workshops to support shared health care decision making for treatment options. These tools help clinicians and consumers learn about the effectiveness, benefits and risks of treatment options for many common conditions. Your participation in a brief survey by July 15 will ensure AHRQ understands your needs and preferences for new tools to use with your patients.
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CMS identifies issue in public reporting for hospitals
CMS previously made their hospital-specific reports of measures available to be publicly reported this month on Hospital Compare. Since then, CMS has identified an issue related to categorization of hospitals as "better than," "worse than" and "no different than" the national average. CMS plans to recalculate the hospital categories for six measures, deliver new hospital specific reports, and conduct a new 30-day preview period to allow hospitals to review their updated results.
Free webinar on chemical safety
Agrisafe is hosting a free webinar on agricultural chemical safety at noon CST July 18. The session will focus on how to select PPE, proper storage, labeling, and usage of chemicals. Resources such as safety checklists will be shared.
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