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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

May 18, 2017

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Rural Health Information Hub

May 17, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 17, 2017

What’s New

Updated Website for Mapping Health Trends.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their interactive database providing information about health status by geographic location.  The tool collects data from multiple sources on obesity, physical activity, eating habits and other behaviors and allows the users to sort by state and topic area and customize charts and maps, which may help rural stakeholders with funding applications and policy decisions.

Barriers to Telehealth.  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report showing that low uptake of telehealth services may be due to regulatory restrictions and inadequate reimbursement and payment methods.  The GAO found that Medicare, with many beneficiaries in rural areas, lags behind other federal programs in implementing telehealth services.

Resources for Cyber Security.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has issued a number of updates and resources in the wake of ransomware threats to cyber security last week.  Though there are few reports of malicious software impacting organizations in the United States, the international cyber-attack did affect computer networks of some large corporations and health systems in Europe, Asia and Australia.  The updates are provided by HHS’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE). As an article in the Rural Monitor explained earlier this year, rural and smaller facilities may not be targeted more, but rural facilities tend to have less training, resources, and protections in place.

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Save-the-Date Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference

May 16, 2017

Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference

You are invited to attend the Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference!  We hope you will join us and learn more about telehealth and Show-Me ECHO.

Registration is now open!  For the registration form, agenda and other information, please go to http://medicine.missouri.edu/telehealth/training.html

When:  September 26 & 27, 2017

Where:  Assessment Resource Center, 2800 Maguire Boulevard, Columbia, MO

If you have questions, please contact Mary Beth Schneider at schneiderm@health.missouri.edu or contact our office at 573.884.7958.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 10, 2017

What’s New

National Prevention Week.  May is Mental Health Awareness Month and next week, May 14-20, communities and organizations around the country will focus on the prevention of substance use, misuse and overdose.  Rural communities have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic and our federal partners at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have developed a toolkit to help raise awareness to the importance of mental health and getting ahead of crisis through prevention.

Funding for CARA.  Congress passed a budget last week that included full funding of $181 million for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, passed and signed into law in 2016.  CARA authorizes federal grants to state and local governments from the Departments of Justice and Health & Human Services to test new approaches to preventing and treating opioid addiction.

Mapping the Opioid Crisis.  Rural communities, families, health providers and law enforcement can see the impact of substance abuse, but various factors make it difficult to find real time data about its impact. The Center for Health Journalism has created a guide to a series of resources and data tools that can help communities develop an accurate picture of the opioid epidemic at the local level.

Report on State Telehealth Policies.  The Center for Connected Health Policy recently released its 5th annual report on telehealth laws and reimbursement policies of the 50 states and Washington, DC.  These regulations, unique to each state, affect the potential to increase telehealth capacity in rural areas lacking adequate access to health care.

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Rural Health Information Hub

May 10, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Rural Health Information Hub

May 5, 2017

The Rural Health Information Hub will be hosting a free webinar.

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Rural Communities

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 11:00am Pacific, 12:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Central, 2:00pm Eastern
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

View for more information.