Providers who serve Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or Medicare patients in rural Virginia could get a cut of an $8.5 billion funding package from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). An additional $17.5 billion will offset … Read more

Shelly Smith, DNP, APRN-BC, is the director of advanced practice programs at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing. Smith oversees VCU’s nurse practitioner, nursing administration, and doctoral clinical tracts. Smith also works with VCU’s Wilder School for Government and Public Affairs to provide a health care perspective to translate research into public policy … Read more

Beth O’Connor is the executive director of the Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA), serving 2.5 million Virginians living in rural communities. VRHA provides services such as group PPE purchases, assistance in telehealth service implementation, and Mental Health First Aid training for rural health clinics across the Commonwealth. In this Q&A, O’Connor discusses health disparities, the … Read more

Leaders from various health care silos discussed potential strategies to increase payment parity at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virtual Colloquium Addressing Health Equity last week. A 2019 survey from the Virginia Center for Health Innovation found over 55% of surveyed adults in Virginia experienced health care affordability hardships in the last one to two years prior … Read more

Over 30 leaders in the Commonwealth’s health care sphere, including elected officials, health insurance plans and providers, and health policy academia, met Thursday for a cross-disciplinary “strategy dialogue” on improving Virginia health equity. Panelists discussed topics such as payment parity, affordable housing, broadband access, and education at the 2021 Virtual Colloquium Addressing Health Equity in … Read more