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How rural providers can act big and stay small with accountable care.

Rural health organizations face challenges including staffing shortages, rising costs, and a growing Medicare population. A recent report highlighted 136 rural hospital closures from 2010 to 2021 that has exacerbated the problem. Rural residents are also less likely to utilize preventative health services, which adds to the concerns of an already compromised and often isolated patient demographic..

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Debt Ceiling Deal Reached.

On May 28, 2023, an agreement in principle was reached between the White House and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to suspend the US debt ceiling until 2025. In the United States, the debt ceiling is a legislative limit on the amount of national debt that can be incurred by the U.S. Treasury. The agreement includes: .

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Hard to reach? Karriem Watson dispels rural health research myths.

During his 20-year career in public health education and research, Karriem Watson, DHSc, has seen firsthand the power of community engagement. As chief engagement officer at the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program, Watson has drawn on his personal and professional experiences to inform his approach to encourage underrepresented populations to participate in health research. All of Us is a national initiative aimed at engaging more than one million people from....

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Reimagining rural with NRHA President Leslie Marsh.

More than three decades ago, NRHA President Leslie Marsh came to rural Nebraska and fell in love with small town life. Since then, she’s become a vocal rural health advocate and leader, having served in leadership roles at Lexington (Neb.) Regional Health Center for more than 25 years and as the facility’s current CEO. She recently told NRHA more about her passion for health policy, her early experiences with NRHA, and why rethinking rural health care is on her 2023 presidential....

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The power of rural health research.

Over the last decade, the national perception of rural America has started to change. Gone is the antiquated idea that all rural people are white, poorer, and less educated than their urban and suburban counterparts, with small towns being more accurately portrayed as innovative, diverse, and rich in culture and community. That shift in mentality has been bolstered by a corresponding increase in rural health research, which has helped people across the country gain a clearer and more....

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