Author: Emma Lange

"Georgia’s Legislature is once again brainstorming legislation to address the state’s rural health care crisis. Sixty-four of 159 counties have no pediatrician; 79 have no obstetrician/gynecologist; and nine, like Webster, simply have no doctor. That makes Georgia worse than the national average for needy areas short of primary health care...

Union General Hospital in Farmerville, Louisiana, has seen a decrease in school bullying and youth suicides since implementing programming from their 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment. "Together We Can Be Bully Free was a result of a 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment survey distributed to rural residents across Union Parish. A...

Women in rural America are facing increasingly difficult obstacles during their pregnancies. This new profile details the extensive hurdles patients face in the wake of OB and rural hospital closures. “At least 85 rural hospitals — about 5 percent of the country’s total — have closed since 2010, and obstetric care...

This week the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is expected to consider S. 3157, legislation to expedite the deployment of wireless small cells for 5G networks. Click here for the press release on the introduction of the bill.  The bill would establish a process and timeline guidelines for state and local consideration...

The Substance Misuse and Mental Health Services Administration has recently announced that it is accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants to help states and territories combat the opioid epidemic. Fifteen percent of these grants will be set aside to provide funding to the states that have...

The June 2018 issue of The Pulse details FCC and CMS policy changes impacting CAHs. Read highlights of the GAO review of the Veterans Choice program, and recent reports on rural population loss and PA training programs.   ...

In a recent report by the Center for Disease Control, researchers found that obesity remains to be higher among rural adults compared to their urban counterparts. 34.2% of adults in rural areas are considered obese and only 28.7% are considered obese in metropolitan areas. Low access to healthy foods and...

Fulfilling a provision set by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the GAO has reviewed the Choice Program and found that the program is producing extended wait times for veterans, despite being originally developed to expedite care when it is not more immediately available through the VA. After analyzing a sample...

A new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows a marked difference in emergency care staffing in rural areas as opposed to urban areas. This research shows the physician shortage has made a strong impact on rural emergency care.   ...