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5 Things Michigan: COVID-19 surges, Rural health challenges, Topical Agenda

| Apr 6, 2021 | Michigan

My Gonzaga Bulldogs were outplayed last night by the Baylor Bears, who won the NCAA Men's College Basketball National Championship. After 22 years straight of going to the post-season tournament, Gonzaga has just two national championship appearances and zero titles in their run. I'm reminded, however, that the first effort...[ Read More ]

Colorado experts on the economic repercussions of 2020

| Dec 7, 2020 | Colorado

Losing vulnerable rural health providers could cause Colorado to lose 137,000 community jobs, 99,00 health care jobs, and 11.7 million patient encounters within one year, according to Josh Neff. The Corporate Vice President of Integration and Rural Health for Centura added that the state’s GDP could decrease by $277B within...[ Read More ]

CHA playbook aims to restructure rural health care delivery

| Dec 2, 2020 | Colorado

On Dec. 1st, the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) released a playbook that lays out a framework for health care systems to provide better health care to rural communities. Using interviews with more than 30 rural health leaders, a literature review, and rural health care data, the playbook offers tools for...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry advocates for rural health, expanded broadband

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 27, 2020 | California

Assemblymember Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry represents California’s 4th Assembly District, which includes all or parts of Napa, Lake, Yolo, Sonoma, Colusa and Solano counties. Before being elected in 2016, she was active in her hometown of Winters as a regional leader. She served as planning commissioner, on the city council and...[ Read More ]

CMS draws criticism from Texas rural hospitals over MFAR rule

Michael Goldberg | Feb 11, 2020 | Texas

Rural hospitals and stakeholders are warning that CMS's proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) rule could have devastating impacts on rural health care and employment. The rule, published in November, is aimed at safeguarding the fiscal integrity of the Medicaid program through rules designed to ensure states receiving federal matching...[ Read More ]

Arizona Senate unanimously votes to expand telemedicine coverage

Sara Gentzler | Feb 28, 2019 | Arizona

The Arizona State Senate passed a bill that would expand insurance coverage for telemedicine services this week in a unanimous vote. In a recent Q&A with State of Reform, the bill's prime sponsor Sen. Heather Carter called the bill “an exciting, giant leap forward in health policy for Arizona.” Today,...[ Read More ]