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USDA Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

The Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated statistics on several socio-economic factors for rural areas.  Researchers at the ERS use data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, an ongoing function of the Census that keeps track of changes in demographics, employment trends, household incomes, veterans’ status, and other factors that help determine how federal and state funds are distributed. 

Request for Information (RFI): Guidance on Current Clinical Experience in Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Settings

The National Institutes of Health seeks information from the public to better understand the opportunities and barriers in the primary care community regarding efforts to care for individuals with suicide risk.  Relevant topics include how suicide screening is deployed, cultural/linguistic needs of patients, reaching disparity populations, and telehealth adaptations.

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Patterns of Hospital Bypass and Inpatient Care‐Seeking by Rural Residents

Analyzes state inpatient data from 2014-2016 across 16 states to determine how inpatient hospital bypass behavior – rural residents utilizing a hospital other than their local hospital – is motivated by patient and hospital characteristics. Compares hospital characteristics, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), by rural bypass level and compares patient demographics by rural bypass status.

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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff (TECHS): Putting it into Practice

Listen to a webinar introducing a toolkit for the benefit of frontline healthcare workers and psychosocial professionals helping to support healthcare workers who may be experiencing traumatic stress. Adapted from an intervention used for parents of children with cancer. Transcript available by clicking the three dots above the Subscribe button.  Sponsoring organization: Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

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Federally Qualified Health Centers & Rural Health Clinics Acting as Distant Site Providers in Medicare

Provides answers to common questions regarding guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allowing FQHCs and RHCs to serve as telehealth distant site providers during a public health emergency. Includes information on reimbursement for telehealth services and billing for virtual communication services.

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