Rural Death Rate from COVID-19 Falls by a Third
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between February 14-20, 2021 and finds that the number of COVID-related deaths in rural America dropped by a third, the most significant decline in the rural death rate in more than a month. Additionally, the rate of new infections last week fell by about 30 percent in both metropolitan and rural counties. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Data-Driven Initiative Drives Down Disparities in Rural Health Care
Features OSF Healthcare's Health Equities Action Lab (HEAL) which employed a data-driven strategy to address breast cancer disparity outcomes among its Illinois patients, 65 percent of whom live in rural areas. Explores their research which examined data on race and income and identified disparities across all OSF counties. Highlights interventions designed to increase access to mammography services in vulnerable populations. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

To Vaccinate Veterans, Health Care Workers Must Cross Mountains, Plains and Tundra
Highlights efforts by healthcare workers to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans in rural and hard-to-reach areas across the country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sent doses by plane to rural Montana and partnered with tribal healthcare organizations to reach veterans in rural Alaska. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Converges with the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Opioid Use Disorder
Blog post discusses how opioid use and misuse during pregnancy can result in health consequences for mothers and infants, barriers to care for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder (OUD), and how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating challenges. Describes the disparities that exist in rural areas, recommends policies that increase access to virtual care, OUD treatment, and more generous Medicaid coverage. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Report: 10 Western States See Some Drug Overdoses Deaths Increase by Nearly 100%
Summarizes a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found 10 western states saw drug overdose deaths increase in 2020, particularly in rural counties. Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded stress and interrupted substance use disorder treatment services, recommends increased access to Naloxone and funding to implement prevention and treatment strategies. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Is Pushing Struggling Rural Hospitals to the Brink
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated financial issues for rural hospitals, leaving many in less populated regions at risk for closing. Discusses how federal support and other financial aid has enabled rural hospitals to continue operating, but experts fear that the support could obscure the dire financial picture many of them face. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken actions to help rural communities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Provides a list of opportunities for immediate relief, including the Rural Housing, Rural Utilities, and Rural Business-Cooperative Services. Items with an asterisk are new or updated as of February 16, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden Administration Announces Actions to Expand COVID-19 Testing
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new actions to expand COVID-19 testing capacity across the country, including for schools and underserved populations. Actions also include increasing the domestic manufacturing of testing supplies and raw materials and increasing genomic sequencing of the virus to better prepare for the threat of variants. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Hospital Remains Entrenched in COVID 'War' Even Amid Vaccine Rollout
While the nation's focus shifted to rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, a rural hospital in Louisiana struggled to handle a surge of COVID patients after the holidays. Examines health disparities present in rural communities and describes the burnout healthcare workers are experiencing after months of pandemic stress. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural COVID-19 Cases Drop While Rural Death Rate Holds Steady
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates in the U.S. between February 7-13, 2021. Finds that while the number of new infections in rural counties fell to the lowest level since October 2020, COVID-related deaths grew slightly. Includes a county map of COVID-19 infection rates, as well as data on the weekly rates of new deaths and new infections since June 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Expanding Testing on Reservations
Highlights researchers who are working on reducing transmission of the COVID-19 virus and increasing COVID-19 testing on the Navajo Nation. Details the study, which is part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADxSM-UP) program and explores two different ways of encouraging people to get COVID-19 testing. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

2021 Special Enrollment Period for Marketplace Coverage Starts on HealthCare.gov Monday, February 15
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for the Health Insurance Marketplace is available for consumers of 36 states from February 15-May 15, 2021. This announcement is in accordance with the Executive Order signed by President Biden to allow those impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency to enroll in health insurance. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Veterans in Rural Montana Receive COVID-19 Vaccine via Airplane Delivery
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) organized a private charter plane to deliver 400 COVID-19 vaccines for high-risk veterans in remote Montana. VA staff from four different locations helped to plan the mass vaccination event and distribute the vaccines to rural veterans. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 11, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Nearly Half of Rural Hospitals Face Negative Operating Margins as COVID-19 Hits Outpatient Revenue
Provides an overview of a study that found nearly half of rural hospitals are operating in the red with 450 facilities at risk of closing their doors. Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has further destabilized the rural health system, as outpatient services were suspended for months resulting in financial losses for many rural hospitals. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New Infections Ease in Rural Counties, but the Number of Deaths Climbs Slightly
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 31-February 6, 2021. Found a decline in new infections in rural areas for the fourth week in a row, but a slight increase in COVID-related deaths. Reports other key findings comparing rural and urban death rates, red-zone county classifications, and test positivity rates. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

In Hard-Hit Indian Country, Tribes Rapidly Roll Out Vaccines
Features stories of successful COVID-19 vaccination efforts in tribal communities across the country, describes how tribes utilized phones to answer inquiries and book appointments, as well as social media, radio, and direct mail to get the word out. Explains how tribes prioritize elders in distribution efforts, addresses vaccine hesitation within Indian Country. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

States Identify and Address COVID-19 Vaccine Disparities through Targeted Rollout and Outreach
Addresses disparities in COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations, and vaccination rates among communities of color. Highlights how state efforts to collect and analyze trends in race and ethnicity data, in conjunction with support from the federal government, can guide decision making and promote the implementation of concrete strategies to reduce disparities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

What Is a Critical Access Hospital, or CAH?
Defines and explains the history of the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation, which is commonly used when referring to rural hospitals. Describes how rural hospitals rely on revenues from Medicare and Medicaid patients, but as changes in reimbursement continue, lawmakers react to give rural hospitals new ways of making ends meet. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

A Year After COVID-19's Arrival, Sparsely Populated Communities Have Highest Case Rates
Analyzes COVID-19 cases across the U.S., finds the highest infection rates in rural communities, specifically the Native American Lands, LDS Enclaves, and Aging Farmlands. Early on in the pandemic, urban areas had higher rates of infection, discusses the factors that could have contributed to the increased infection rates in rural and sparsely populated areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

January Generates Record Number of COVID-Related Deaths in Rural Counties
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between January 24-30, 2021. Finds that an average of 527 rural Americans died every day in January from COVID-related causes, identifying the month as the deadliest of the pandemic so far. Discusses how the rate of new deaths in rural counties outpaced new deaths in urban counties, even with rural counties seeing a decline in new infections. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Without a Ride, Many in Need Have No Shot at COVID-19 Vaccine
Discusses how millions of older adults and low-income people of color, who are at higher risk of contracting the virus, may lack transportation or live in rural areas far from COVID-19 vaccination sites. Highlights strategies by local officials to reach out to underserved communities, such as setting up mobile and drive-thru vaccination units and using churches, school, and stores as vaccination sites. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 1, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

'We Crushed It': How Did West Virginia Become a National Leader in COVID Vaccination?
Explores how West Virginia, a small and mostly rural state with a large elderly population, successfully distributed 85 percent of its delivered COVID-19 vaccines. Highlights their decision to rely on independent pharmacies and discusses how having a relatively small and homogenous population has contributed to its success. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 31, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC Requires Wearing of Face Masks While on Public Transportation and at Transportation Hubs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced all travelers into, within, or out of the United States are required to wear masks on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares, as well as in transportation hubs, effective February 2, 2021. Recommends that non-essential travel is avoided, but for those that must travel, the mask requirement will help limit the spread of COVID-19. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken actions to help rural communities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Provides a list of opportunities for immediate relief, including the Rural Housing, Rural Utilities, and Rural Business-Cooperative Services. Items with an asterisk are new or updated as of January 29, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 29, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

At Colorado's Rural Edges, Vaccines Help Assisted Living Homes Crack Open the Doors
Features a long-term care facility in rural Colorado that has seen in-person visits and some activities resume since COVID-19 vaccines arrived. Describes how vaccine deployment and the prioritization of long-term care facilities is easier in small communities, and with round two of the vaccine on the way, residents feel hope and a sense of normalcy. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Providers Get Creative with Vaccine Delivery but Suffer from Lack of Supply
Highlights creative ways rural healthcare providers are distributing COVID-19 vaccines in their communities. Features health centers in Pennsylvania and South Carolina that purchased mobile health systems to provide testing and vaccination, and a four-woman team providing vaccines in remote communities across Alaska. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Five Urgent Public Health Policies to Combat the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19
Blog post discusses the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and describes five public health efforts to address these impacts. Recommends the Biden-Harris administration focus on investing in public health media campaigns, providing interventions for healthcare providers and other essential workers, increasing the behavioral health workforce, prioritizing mental health research, and expanding mental health screenings. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Share Your Community's COVID-19 Innovations Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Distribution
The Rural Health Information Hub is requesting examples of rural communities and healthcare providers that are addressing vaccine hesitancy or innovating to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Examples may be included in the Rural COVID-19 Innovations collection. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rate of New Infections, Deaths Declines in Rural Counties
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 17-26, 2021, finding a decline in both cases and COVID-related deaths in rural counties. Describes that even though nine out of every 10 rural counties remained in the red zone, the latest surge of infections is waning. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Health Care Is in Crisis – Here Are 5 Innovative Ways Biden Can Help It Transform
Opinion article discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural hospitals and recommends ways that the Biden Administration can help revive rural healthcare. Solutions include rethinking how rural healthcare providers are paid, expanding mental health services, specialized training for rural health leaders, and investing in rural maternal healthcare and rural infrastructure. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 25, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

More than $230 Million Committed to Support Equitable Health for All People
The American Heart Association (AHA) announced investments of more than $230 million over the next four years to support targeted initiatives focused on addressing social determinants of health in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Discusses AHA's continuing efforts in public policymaking to improve access to healthcare in under-resourced communities of color and rural areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 25, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden Administration Unveils National Vaccine Strategy
Blog highlights the national COVID-19 vaccination strategy unveiled by President Biden and his administration, which seeks to address challenges faced by local governments in distributing the vaccine. Summarizes actions to increase supply of vaccinations, leverage federal resources to create local vaccination sites, mobilize additional personnel, and launch a public education campaign. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken actions to help rural communities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Provides a list of opportunities for immediate relief, including the Rural Housing, Rural Utilities, and Rural Business-Cooperative Services. Items with an asterisk are new or updated as of January 21, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

With Fewer Resources, Rural America Tackles Vaccine Distribution
Discusses the challenges faced by rural clinics to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations in their rural communities. Describes efforts to overcome the challenges, such as storage requirements, the lack of pharmacies and major medical centers, vaccine hesitation, and stretched resources. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden Administration Announces Foreclosure Moratorium and Mortgage Forbearance Deadline Extension That Will Bring Relief to Rural Residents
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums on USDA Single Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed loans (SFHDLP and SFHGLP) through March 31, 2021. Discusses how these actions will bring relief to residents in rural America during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Clinics Take on Tough Task of Distributing COVID-19 Vaccine
Video features rural healthcare facilities in Montana and Texas and their efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in their communities. Describes several challenges to distribution in frontier communities, including the shortage of healthcare workers, long distances to travel, and vaccine storage requirements. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Share Your Community's COVID-19 Innovations Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy
The Rural Health Information Hub is requesting examples of rural communities and healthcare providers that are addressing vaccine hesitancy or innovating to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Examples may be included in the Rural COVID-19 Innovations collection. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Vaccine Access Varies Widely, Sources Say
Explores COVID-19 vaccination distribution in rural areas across the country, describes how the lack of a database makes it difficult to track progress and identify areas that need help. While rural Texas hospitals struggle to get ahold of the vaccines, some rural areas in Washington are ahead of the curve and waiting for the rest of the state to catch up. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Death Toll Passes 60,000; New Infections Decline
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 10-16, 2021, finds that new infections declined in rural counties, but the cumulative rural death toll surpassed 60,000. Includes county-level data identifying areas in the red zone with infections of 100 or more per 100,000 residents. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC Annual Broadband Deployment Report Shows Digital Divide Is Rapidly Closing
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its annual Broadband Deployment Report which shows that the gap between urban and rural Americans with access to 25/3 Mbps fixed broadband service has been nearly halved. Discusses how the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund continues to improve access to broadband in rural America. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHA Names Rural Hospital Leadership Award Winner and Finalist
The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington, Vermont, as the 2020 recipient of the Rural Hospital Leadership Award and recognized Titusville Area Hospital in Pennsylvania, as a finalist. Highlights how the two health systems innovate to meet the needs of their communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Awards $90 Million to Support Health Centers in Addressing Hypertension Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $90 million in funding to 496 health centers across 48 states, the District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funding aims to address hypertension, improve heart health, and reduce disparities in COVID-19 outcomes among racial and ethnic minority communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Announces Provider Relief Fund Reporting Update
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced it will be amending the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) due to the recent passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. PRF recipients may begin registering for gateway access to the Reporting Portal, but will not have to submit reporting requirements on their use of funds until a later date. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC Announces Initial Projects Selected for Connected Care Pilot Program
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an initial set of 14 pilot projects in 11 states that have been selected for the Connected Care Pilot Program. Funding of $100 million over a three-year period will provide connected care services, with a particular emphasis on providing care to low-income and veteran patients in both rural and urban areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Expands Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publishedPractice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder, which exempts physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. Details the exemptions that aim to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $40 Million to Address Rural Healthcare Workforce Shortages
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced $40 million in H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program funds awarded to address rural healthcare workforce shortages in communities across the country. Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for healthcare workers, especially in rural areas, and the funding aims to increase the number of individuals training in healthcare occupations that directly impact patient care. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Using Lessons from the Pandemic to Reimagine Health Care
Blog post discusses lessons learned and areas that transformed healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how partnerships between organizations and across other sectors bring innovation and collaboration, especially for rural providers with limited resources. Highlights opportunities within data analytics, the public health system, and virtual care. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Record Levels of Infections and Deaths Return to Rural Counties
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 3-9, 2021, finds record numbers of infections and COVID-related deaths in both rural and urban counties. Identifies the highest rates of infection in the upper South, the Southwest, and lower portions of Great Lakes states. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID Spikes and Understanding the Vaccine
Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine and the recent spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths across the country. Explains how grocers and pharmacies are helping distribute the vaccine and setting up locations at schools and libraries could help distribution in rural communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Nationwide Study Shows Continued Rise in Opioid Affected Births
Provides overview of study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that found the rates of pregnant women diagnosed with opioid use disorder and of babies born with withdrawal symptoms increased from 2010-2017. Identifies rural, white, and Medicaid populations with the highest rates of maternal opioid-related diagnoses and neonatal abstinence syndrome. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news