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On telehealth and the future of rural health care.

The pandemic, higher patient acuity and staffing shortages have been a lethal combination for rural hospitals; one third of them face closure. Many hospital leaders are seeking higher payments, but proactive strategies for change are also needed. One key strategy is applying telehealth solutions throughout the patient stay, with specialists doing everything from screening in the ER to clearing disruptions in patient flow, all virtually. This frees up on-site staff to do the hands-on work..

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Partnership highlight: NRHA continues to expand its work with All of Us Research Program.

  • Author: Lea Mann

Since 2018, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has been a proud partner of the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program. From the beginning, NRHA has been an affiliate of the Community and Provider Gateway Initiative, a cross-section of grassroots organizations helping to build program infrastructure, raise awareness about the value of participation, and drive enrollment in populations historically underrepresented in biomedical research, including rural..

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National Rural Health Day proclamation.

As we celebrate National Rural Health Day and reflect on the obstacles to providing health care in rural areas, the Rural Health Action Alliance urges Congress to continue investment in rural health infrastructure. As we look back on the challenges rural communities faced throughout the pandemic, RHAA urges Congress to create an Office of Rural Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as proposed in the Rural Health Equity Act (H.R. 5848 & S. 3149) introduced by Rep....

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CMS seeks to advance rural, tribal, and geographically isolated community health.

Nearly 61 million Americans live in rural, tribal, geographically isolated areas, as well as U.S. territories that face similar but locally unique challenges regarding time and distance to health care facilities, health professional shortages, and other barriers. That’s why the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to advance health equity across the nation’s health system to enable people living and working in rural, tribal, and geographically isolated....

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Building sustainable rural substance use disorder partnerships.

As rural communities work to address the opioid epidemic, they face limited service and workforce capacity, stigma, health disparities, and sparse populations. Through the Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) multi-year initiative, more than $400 million has been invested across more than 1,500 counties within 47 states and two territories since 2018 to address these barriers and assist rural communities in reducing the....

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