Vermont has passed a bill to expand the use of telemedicine as part of improving access to health care for those living in rural parts of the state. The law increases communication between healthcare providers and patients, and provides clear parameters for...
Residents at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown can now begin to see their care providers without leaving the facility. The decision began late last year when the Office of Rural Health put out a grant request for IVH. The...
Middle Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College are joining forces to tackle the state's rural doctor shortage by creating a fast track from undergraduate to medical school. Students accepted into the special program would attend three years at MTSU, earn...
Better access to telemedicine oversight for chemotherapy infusions is available in Armour and Vermillion, South Dakota, and Worthington, Minnesota, through a grant awarded to Sanford Health. The Sanford Virtual Infusion Project is designed for oncology patients exclusively treated by Sanford...
The establishment of a freestanding emergency department after the loss of the hospitals in two South Carolina counties is being heralded as a way to provide health care to rural residents in the region. The Bamberg County Hospital closed its doors in April 2012, and...
More than 2 million Pennsylvanians, including 500,000 children, don't have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food. Those residents — who make up more than 15 percent of the state’s population — live in rural and urban lower-income areas with limited...
Pregnant women living in northern New Mexico have to cross over sixty miles to deliver their babies with a doctor or midwife. More than half of the physicians in the state are working in Bernalillo County. Barbara Webber from Health Action New Mexico said getting...
Reliance on nursing homes has declined across Oregon for decades as people turn to assisted living, residential care, and foster homes. In rural Oregon, however, nursing homes remain a key fixture in health care, providing what no other residential facility can —...
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is working in 13 rural counties to reduce patients’ risk for heart disease and stroke through care coordination. The counties selected for the program have the highest percentage of adults with a history of...
A program to train nurse practitioners at North Dakota State University was awarded a $513,992 grant to help prepare family nurse practitioners to serve rural areas. The grant will help NDSU to promote clinical education in rural health care shortage areas....
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $1.5 million to establish clinical experiences for health professions students in rural areas of the state, launching...
Arkansas has the third highest maternal mortality rate in the country. State Representative Greg Leding proposed a study to research the problems Arkansas women go through during pregnancy and child birth. According to United Health Foundation's 2016 Health of Women and...
Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona and Centene Corp's Ambetter by Health Net have filed paperwork to continue offering individual health plans on federal exchanges in 2018, Last year, one Arizona county was briefly left without a health insurance provider. Blue Cross sells...
Alaska is seeing a surge in opioid and heroin addiction, along with a massive increase in diseases connected to injecting drugs, particularly Hepatitis C. In rural areas areas of the state, people tend not to have regular access to clean syringes, which...