The Colorado legislature passed a resolution to declare March 8 “Protecting Rural Hospitals Day,” but budgetary constraints are worrying rural health leaders. Colorado hospitals face a reduction of up to $390 million in Medicaid funding under a fee that Gov. John...
California's Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is campaigning for Governor by calling for universal health care across the state, based in part on the program he signed into law when he was mayor of San Francisco. Newsom said not all of what...
Approximately 23 percent of American children aged 2 to 5 years have untreated tooth decay. But in Arizona, that number is almost doubled. And among the more rural, economically disadvantaged Hispanic and Native American populations of Northern Arizona, the...
Arkansas high school students will have the opportunity to attend one of 32 M*A*S*H camps this summer. The two-week "Medical Applications of Science for Health" camps help educate high school juniors and seniors about healthcare-related vocations. Many of the camps are held at rural...
The Hawaii State Department of Health has issued a Notice of Violation and Order against the Department of Agriculture for unlawful discharge of animal and human wastewater from their Halawa facility to Halawa Stream. For failing to comply with Hawaii...
Nationally, nearly two-thirds of all deaths by firearm are due to suicide, and Wyoming has had the highest rate of suicide by firearm of any state over the last 15 years. Studies have linked higher rates of gun ownership with...
Michael Adcock, and administrator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Center for Telehealth spoke at the Pop Health Forum 2016 in Chicago about how his center uses both site to site telehealth and remote patient monitoring, and shared some early...
Alaska Governor Bill Walker has declared a public health crisis in order to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. The disaster declaration establishes a statewide Overdose Response Program and enables wide distribution of the life-saving drug naloxone, or Narcan. “This disaster...

Repeal & Replace

A year ago, Dave Schumann, a farmer living just outside of Wellman, Iowa, a town of 1,400, noticed that his health insurance premiums had doubled. Schumann, age 58, was paying around $800 monthly to get coverage for himself and...

Quality of Life

Community Development Initiatives (CDI) at Angelo State University was privileged during 2015 to lead an important yearlong study of regional health needs. CDI conducted the Survey of Health and Behavioral Health Needs of the Poor & Extremely Poor in...
Each year, millions of Americans miss or delay preventive medical care due to their inability to access transportation services. That is where companies like Liberty Mobility Now step in. Liberty is a transportation technology company designed to provide mobility as...
Point of care ultrasound

Ultrasound 2.0

Recently, I gave a capstone speech for the 4th World Congress on Ultrasound. It was one of the most interesting conferences that I have attended in a very long time. For most people, ultrasound is another of the miracle...

The MACRA Effect

As the United States is shifting to a value-based care model, “MACRA” has become a popular buzzword among healthcare providers this last year. MACRA, which stands for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, is a historic Medicare reform...
A friend from South Africa once told me, “When you travel to a strange place, where you first arrive will always feel like home.” He had sensed that Kenya was a deeply personal place for me, like another home. Since...