- The Mismatch Between Mental Health Care Access and Demand
- In a Rural California Region, a Plan Takes Shape to Provide Shade from Dangerous Heat
- New Native American Health Alliance to Address Physician Shortages in Tribal Communities
- How NRHA, USDA Are Helping Rural Hospitals
- Hundreds of Thousands of US Infants Every Year Pay the Consequences of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs, a Growing Crisis Particularly in Rural America
- Rural Maternal Health Series Webinars
- Federally Qualified Health Centers Can Make the Switch to Value-Based Payment, But Need Assistance
- New Program Aims to Boost Tribal Access to Care, but Advocates Says More Can Be Done
- Tribal Schools to Get 24/7 Behavioral Health Crisis Line
- As More Rural Hospitals Stop Delivering Babies, Some Are Determined to Make It Work
- PCORI Advisory Panels: Panel Openings
- Tribes in Washington Are Battling a Devastating Opioid Crisis. Will a Multimillion-Dollar Bill Help?
- FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Releases Annual Agency Equity Action Plans to Further Advance Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
- HHS Launches Postpartum Maternal Health Collaborative
- Rural Emergency Medical Team Touts Using Whole Blood to Help Save Lives
This 27-minute episode features Abigail Barker and Timothy McBride, co-investigators at the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, a rural health research center whose work is published on the FORHP-supported Rural Health Research Gateway. They discuss their findings about rural health insurance coverage shared in the recently published chartbook, An Insurance Profile of Rural America.
Published this month by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), this report focused on the strategic refresh that CMMI announced previously this year. As part of this strategic refresh, CMMI has indicated that all new models will include patients from diverse backgrounds, including underserved populations such as rural and historically disadvantaged communities. CMMI also included in the report feedback from stakeholders received during webinars held around the strategic refresh, including rural-specific feedback about the challenges rural providers face in joining value-based care arrangements and possible rural-specific strategies for CMMI to consider.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks public comment on a proposed rule to formally withdraw the December 2020 CMS interoperability and prior authorization proposed rule and to incorporate feedback received from the previous public comment period. This new proposed rule has five key provisions including those related to interoperability, improving prior authorization (PA) processes, and a new electronic PA measure for Merit-Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS)-eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals and MIPS-eligible physicians. Five requests for information are also included in the rule, among them those concerned with the exchange of information related to behavioral health and maternal health and accelerating adoption of standards for social risk factor data. As of 2019, 63 percent of rural physicians electronically exchanged patient health information in some manner (either sending, receiving, or querying). Comments due by March 13.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking public comment on its proposal to modify regulations regarding medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder. In addition to updating definitions and standards for Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP), these changes – such as allowing for methadone treatment through audio-visual telehealth – would make flexibilities made during the Public Health Emergency permanent. Telehealth access to OTPs can help address barriers for rural patients, such as long travel times for treatment. Comments due by February 14.
Recently, HRSA issued a proposed rule that would revise the current 340B administrative dispute resolution (ADR) final rule (Dec. 14, 2020) with a new process. The ADR process is an administrative process designed to assist covered entities and manufacturers in resolving disputes regarding overcharging, duplicate discounts, or diversion, as outlined in the statute. Eligible entities for the 340B Drug Pricing Program include a number of rural healthcare facility types. Comments due January 30
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has a number of ongoing initiatives such as Healthy People that set public health objectives at the federal level. The newest is the Federal Plan for Equitable Long-Term Recovery and Resilience which lays out a government-wide approach to fixing broken systems and focusing resources on communities that have been marginalized. The strategy forms around Seven Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being in each community – the social determinants of health that public health stakeholders are working to achieve.
CFOs and other administrators from 20 rural hospitals were interviewed about telehealth services and how they make decisions about adopting them. Among the key takeaways: although CFOs believed telehealth has some financial advantages, they did not believe that telehealth improved their hospitals’ financial situations.
The National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network forms 3RNET, a nonprofit that connects professionals to healthcare jobs in rural and underserved areas. This week, 3RNET and the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) announced a new partnership that connects both organizations’ websites. Job openings at Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) added to 3RNET’s website are automatically added to a job board on NARHC.org through a website integration powered by 3RNET. Health professionals can view available RHC and CAH jobs across the country on 3RNET and on NARHC at the two links above; RHC and CAH employers can apply to post jobs at both sites by visiting by visiting: https://www.3rnet.org/For-Employers/Employer-Registration-Form.
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) has released a new resource, “Opioids and Pregnant Women: Information for Oral Health Professionals.” This resource provides guidance for dentists about prescribing opioids to pregnant women, if pain management is needed.
The American Dental Association’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention has materials for 2023 National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) ready to ship! Free bilingual posters are available to ship. New this year, you can purchase postcards either in English or Spanish. Additional resources, including activity sheets and a planning guide, can be found on the NCDHM website.