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Category Archives: Health Care

World-renowned presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, speaks at MHA’s Convention

September 13, 2017

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Rural Health Information Hub

September 13, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Missouri Telehealth Network & Show-Me ECHO Training Conference

September 13, 2017

Just a reminder MTN & Show-Me ECHO are hosting a training conference!  Please don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about telehealth and Show-Me ECHO.

For the registration form, agenda and other information go to the MTN website at

When:  September 26 & 27, 2017

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

If you have questions, please contact Mary Beth Schneider at or contact our office at 573.884.7958.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 13, 2017

What’s New

Hurricane Response: CMS Waivers and Exceptions for Facilities.  To prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several waivers to reporting requirements in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Details, including the types of facilities and state-specific documents can be found with other resources on the CMS Emergency Response and Recovery Page.

More Data on How Geography Impacts Health Outcomes.  On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest in their MMWR Rural Health Series, examining rural and metropolitan areas and finding factors that make a difference in health outcomes.  For the September 8th report, researchers looked at rates of testing for the genetic mutation that increases risk for breast and ovarian cancer and how much that testing led to preventive care.  They found that, from 2009-2014, the rates for testing more than doubled in metropolitan areas and tripled in rural, but overall rates of testing still lagged in rural areas.  The study also wanted to know what women did once BRCA gene mutations were discovered.  The percentage who went on to get a mastectomy was similar in metropolitan and rural areas.  Rates of preventive action with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and mammogram screenings was lower in rural areas but increased as awareness of the BRCA gene and demand for testing grew.


Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

September 11, 2017

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Rural Health Information Hub

September 6, 2017

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Research Alerts: Medicare Service Use in the Last Six Months of Life

August 31, 2017

The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina is pleased to announce the release of two briefs.  They are available on our website or can be accessed  through the links below.

“Rural-Urban Differences in Medicare Service Use in the Last Six Months of Life”

“Differences in Medicare Service Use in the Last Six Months of Life among Rural and Urban Dual – Eligible Beneficiaries”