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Hospitals are establishing new career education programs in areas where the nursing shortage has threatened their facility's staffing capabilities. "To grow the prospective hiring pool, hospitals are implementing partnerships with local colleges to provide hands-on training to nursing students and creating internal pools to fill temporary vacancies without using contract labor,...

Kaiser Health News has profiled how Medicaid payments have aided rural hospitals in staying afloat despite tough financial times and high expense of maternal care. "Medicaid covers nearly 24 percent of rural, nonelderly residents and offers some financial stability to rural facilities by reducing uncompensated care costs at hospitals that would otherwise be in...

A new report from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center published in JAMA examines the impact of obstetric care closures on birth outcomes in rural areas. The study identified rural counties as either urban-adjacent or non-adjacent. Those families living in counties that were not urban-adjacent experienced increased risk in...

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new program aimed at providing veterans in rural America access to telehealth services to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The VA Offices of Rural Health and Quality Enhancement Research Institute are collaborating this new Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP) program. The program is being...

 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma and White House Office of American Innovation Director Jared Kushner announced an initiative to improve patients' access to their own medical records and data. The two advisors discussed initiatives for interoperability and a push for insurers to give patients electronic...

"On February 28, 2018, HRSA recognized seven awardees for their work in developing and implementing innovative strategies; adopting evidence-based/promising practice models; influencing health policy; leading sustainable advancements in increasing access to health care; and improving health care quality within rural communities. The champions also exhibited success in disseminating their lessons...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the attestation deadline for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) from February 28, 2018, to March 16, 2018, at 11:59pm PST. ...

Last month the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a regulation - the Staab rule - to expand coverage of emergency department visits for veterans when visiting a local emergency department as opposed to a VA-run emergency department. Some veterans still are discouraged from seeking emergency care due to...

A report published by HRSA’s National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services found four key social determinants unique to rural areas; geography, income, education, and transportation. As health care continues to shift from volume to value, developing and implementing partnerships to address the social determinants of health -...