- EOP: Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access
- HHS Awards Over $101 Million to Combat the Opioid Crisis
- Research Brief: Rural Areas Have Higher Individual Health Insurance Premiums and Fewer Plan Choices
- 'Like a Horror Movie': A Small Border Hospital Battles the Coronavirus
- Trump Administration Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Permanently for Medicare Beneficiaries Beyond the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Advances Access to Care in Rural Areas
- President Trump Signs Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access
- Using Pharmacists to Provide Care in Rural Areas
- Rural Counties Playing Catch-up with 2020 Census Response
- HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers and Plans to Reopen Portal to Certain Medicare Providers
- Rural and Community Hospitals – Disappearing Before Our Eyes
- FCC Extends 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window
- Helping America's "Forgotten Places" Amid a Pandemic
- Study Examines Telehealth, Rural Disparities in Pandemic
- Research Brief: Rural Nurse Practitioners Work with More Autonomy than Urban Nurse Practitioners
- Native Americans Feel Devastated by the Virus Yet Overlooked in the Data
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, February 13, 2018 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, (PennDOT) today announced that it has begun the process of updating the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and is inviting the public to weigh in through an online survey.
Since the 1980s, substantial progress has been made in improving residents’ death rates in Pennsylvania, as well as in the United States. However, ongoing racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic and other disparities in health still exist and need to be addressed. This health disparity report highlights some of the differences in the health behaviors and outcomes between two racial groups (black and white populations) in Pennsylvania. Understanding disparities in the selected leading causes of death across the life span and gaps in health behaviors can promote awareness of health inequities among the public and enhance targeting of appropriate interventions.
PPC is a proud member of the PA Schools Work Campaign, a coalition of organizations from across Pennsylvania working together to advocate for our states public schools, their students and the communities they serve. The efforts of the campaign helped to secure an increase of $100 million for basic education in the recently-passed FY 2018-19 state budget, in addition to a $15 million increase for special education funding and a $30 million increase in career and technical education funding.
Did you know that 41% of kids in Pennsylvania receive their health care coverage through Medicaid and CHIP?
In late June the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, ranking Pennsylvania 17th in the country for overall child well-being. The Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains: education, health, economic well-being and family and community.
Across these domains, Pennsylvania now ranks:
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Data Book provides information on national health care and Medicare spending as well as Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care in the Medicare program, and hospital closures. Among the key findings: about 91 percent of rural hospitals were paid through the Critical Access Hospital, Rural Referral Center, or Sole Community Hospital provisions or the Medicare Dependent Hospital program in 2016. Collectively, these four types of hospitals accounted for 90 percent of all rural Medicare discharges.
This week, FORHP’s parent agency, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized 13 organizations for their work in improving chronic disease health outcomes and advancing the quality and delivery of rural health care. Through FORHP’s Small Health Care Quality Improvement Program, these organizations have invested resources into quality improvement projects across rural America that have improved patient health outcomes through activities such as care coordination, telehealth and patient education.
Primary care provided in rural areas is different from primary care provided in urban locations. Different approaches are needed to build and sustain a high performance rural health care system. The high performance rural primary care system uses a coordinated, person-centered, and team-based approach that integrates behavioral, social, and community services, including inpatient services when indicated, and is supported by value-based payments and care coordination. To build and sustain a high performance rural primary care system, an adequate supply of primary care health professionals that serve distinctive, multifaceted roles is needed. To achieve this high performance system, unique policy choices and opportunities must be considered that support the transition to a high performance rural primary care system and workforce. This paper reviews the essential elements of a robust rural primary care system, including development and maintenance of a high performance rural primary care system and workforce, as well as policy considerations and opportunities that address the sustainability of rural primary care.
In this brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality researchers found that, while rural residents were more likely to have public insurance, there were few differences in the percentage reporting unmet need for medical care, dental care, or prescription drugs across the rural-urban continuum.
Over the last 16 years, 1,231 independently owned rural pharmacies (16.1%) in the United States have closed. The most drastic decline occurred in the immediate period following the implementation of Medicare Part D – between 2007 and 2009. This decline has continued through 2018, although at a slower rate. Six hundred and thirty rural communities that had at least one retail (independent, chain, or franchise) pharmacy in March 2003 had no retail pharmacy in March 2018.