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In the wake of the November mid-term election, more states will be expanding Medicaid, the government’s largest health insurance program, and rural Americans are poised to be big beneficiaries, researchers say. The federal government and states jointly fund Medicaid...
Lee Whitton is somewhat unique among his peers at Morehouse School of Medicine. A white male raised in a small town near Chattanooga, Tennessee -- and a third-year medical student at the Atlanta school, which has a predominantly black...
Stan Brock, founder of the Knoxville-based Remote Area Medical (RAM) organization, died on August 29 in Rockford, Tennessee at the age of 82. RAM clinics provide free health care services to people who live in rural areas where such services...
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved Sam Houston State University’s doctorate in osteopathic medicine, bringing the university one step closer to helping millions living in rural and underserved areas of East Texas. The proposal will now go before...
A Delaware woman who lived by herself in a rural setting was exposed to rabies in July and died from it in August. The last known person to die of rabies in Delaware was a 4-year-old boy in 1941. The same week the...
A study in the journal Health Affairs said California’s success in reducing maternal mortality—7 pregnancy-related deaths for every 100,000 live births, compared to a U.S. average of 22 per 100,000— came thanks to a four-pronged plan of attack that combined analyzing public...
In a recent United Health Foundation report, Vermont was named the third healthiest state overall in the country. Since the creation of the report in 1990, Vermont has risen 17 places. It enjoys a low percentage of uninsured people...

Webside Manner

Psychiatrists at the University of Virginia counsel adults and children throughout the state using videoconferencing. Nurses at FirstHealth Home Care in North Carolina use wireless blood pressure cuffs to remotely monitor patients recently discharged from the hospital. And emergency...
Although a good “bedside manner” comes as second nature for most clinicians, conveying concern and competency over the “wire” of telemedicine can be challenging. Here are four simple tips to deliver outstanding care through a videoconferencing connection: Visual Awareness:...

Rural Fallout

Doug Provaw, a 94-year-old who lives in Ames, Iowa, remembers receiving a chemistry set in the mail when he was in high school. A self-described “science geek,” growing up in rural Iowa, Provaw said he was in “pig heaven”...
People living in rural communities have unique health and health care challenges.  They are more likely to have limited access to affordable and quality care, they experience health inequities and high rates of chronic disease, and are confronted with...
Workforce statistics such as one conducted by the Physician Workforce in Texas Study (PDF) found that 35 counties in Texas did not have any physicians, 80 counties had less than five physicians, 185 did not have obstetric providers, 185...
In June, Arkansas began rolling out Medicaid work requirements. This change in eligibility requires regular online reporting of hours worked, despite the fact that the state ranks 48th in the country for internet access and 44th for poverty. After the first...
The University of Arizona Health Sciences has been awarded two grants totaling $3.9 million for efforts that will help improve health care access for rural and underserved communities. The Arizona Area Health Education Centers and Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grants will total $2.5 million...