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Evaluation of the Maryland All-Payer Model: Volume I – Final Report

Evaluation of the All-Payer Model operating under an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for hospitals in rural and urban settings implemented in Maryland in 2014. This model shifted the state’s hospital payment structure to an annual, global hospital budget that includes both inpatient and outpatient hospital services. Report covers 4.5 years of implementation, and compares outcomes by rural and urban residency.

Read the report here: https://downloads.cms.gov/files/md-allpayer-finalevalrpt.pdf

Community Health Worker Roles and Responsibilities in Rural and Urban America

Results of a study to explore community health worker (CHW) roles and responsibilities, the growing professionalization of the field, and interactions between CHWs and other healthcare providers. Uses data obtained from focus groups conducted in Florida, Minnesota, California, and Massachusetts. Provides an in-depth look at the differences between CHW work in rural and urban areas, and offers insights to support continued growth of the field.

Read the results here: https://srhrc.tamhsc.edu/docs/chw-policy-brief.pdf

Catalog of Value-Based Initiatives for Rural Providers

Summarizes rural-relevant, value-based programs currently or recently implemented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Designed to help rural healthcare leaders identify HHS value-based programs that are suitable for rural participation. Catalog includes descriptions of each demonstration and provides direct links to the corresponding agency web page.

Read the report here: https://ruralhealthvalue.public-health.uiowa.edu/files/Catalog%20Value%20Based%20Initiatives%20for%20Rural%20Providers.pdf

Study: What Do Long-term Rural Preceptors Need to Succeed?

Nov 19, 2019 — Overview of a study whose participants consisted of rural alumni from the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences, most of which are now family physicians. Researchers focused on the physicians’ experiences within the pipeline program in order to draw conclusions about successful long-term preceptorships.

Read the article here: https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191119ruralpreceptors.html

Breathing Easier: Meeting Addresses Implementation, Tracking of the COPD National Action Plan

Nov 20, 2019 — The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) hosted a meeting to discuss goals and objectives of the COPD National Action Plan that was implemented to tackle the disease. Includes resources from various organizations and the Learn More Breathe Better program that help rural communities manage and prevent COPD.

Read article here: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/2019/breathing-easier-meeting-addresses-implementation-tracking-copd-national-action-plan

Time for New Perspective: Rural Nursing Workforce 

Nov 21, 2019 — Opinion piece from a tenured nurse at the Iowa Online Nurse Residency Program who recalls the impact her first rural nurse leader had on shaping her career. Discusses recommendations to appeal to millennials in the healthcare workforce and highlights the importance of good leadership in developing high-quality nurses and strengthening rural facilities.

Read article here: https://www.ruralhealthweb.org/blogs/ruralhealthvoices/november-2019/time-for-new-perspective-rural-nursing-workforce#

Rural Health at CMS: What’s Been Done and What’s to Come

Nov 21, 2019 — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Seema Verma, recognizes National Rural Health Day and highlights the work CMS is doing to advance and support rural health. Includes ways in which CMS increases provider engagement, expands innovative technologies, and empowers patients in rural America.

Read article here: https://www.cms.gov/blog/rural-health-cms-whats-been-done-and-whats-come

Faced with Trauma, Tribes Fighting to Curb Rising Suicide Rates

Nov 21, 2019 — Efforts are underway to address the increasing suicide rate among Native Americans in North Dakota and Minnesota; data remains limited, but prevention coordinators are working to collect more accurate numbers. A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa describes her personal experience with losing a loved one to suicide.

Read article here: https://www.grandforksherald.com/lifestyle/health/4780878-Faced-with-trauma-tribes-fighting-to-curb-rising-suicide-rates

VA Reports Significant Increase in Veteran Use of Telehealth Services

Nov 22, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces findings of a 17 percent increase in the use of telehealth among veterans in fiscal year 2019. Includes information on the VA’s Anywhere to Anywhere initiative, the VA Video Connect app, and the ATLAS program, which were implemented to increase access to healthcare for veterans, no matter their location.

Read article here: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5365