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UnitedHealth Group's recent report details the extent of the physician shortage throughout the United States. The report finds that 13% of Americans (44 million people) live in the counties facing a primary care physician shortage. Rural residents are five times as likely to live in a county with a physician...

Demographic shifts and improper reimbursement has rural hospitals facing increased risks of shutdown and bankruptcy as bad debt has risen by 50 percent. “The reason why hospitals are closing at such a rapid rate is they really are subsidizing the cost of care that they’re providing…. They are no longer getting...

The CDC found in a 2017 study that rural teens in America are 11% less likely to have been vaccinated against HPV cancers and meningitis.   What Can Rural Clinicians Do? Clinicians in rural communities can play a critical role in their patients’ health by following three Rs: Recommend and administer all vaccines for...

"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...

NPR profiles another one of the issues facing rural America today -- a lack of adequate housing in some communities. With housing options dwindling, young people may be less likely to find affordable housing in rural communities. ...

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...