Call for Nominations: Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Committee
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking nominations for members of a new multistakeholder Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Committee, which will create a measurement framework linking quality of care delivered by telehealth, healthcare system readiness, and health outcomes in a disaster. Nominations are due October 26, 2020, includes application requirements. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 25, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rebuilding the Foundation of Rural Community Health after COVID-19
Blog post discusses how COVID-19 highlighted the existing cracks in rural America's community health system, including increased risk of facility closures, loss of services, low investment in public health, and maldistribution of health professionals. Recommends four policy changes that would rebuild the rural health system, focusing on new financing and delivery models, community engagement, local health planning, and regionalization of delivery systems. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Addiction Doctor: Rural Residents Should Get Naloxone, Just in Case
Features an addiction doctor in Tennessee who explains that everyone should carry naloxone, especially in rural areas. Describes how rural areas often have huge opioid use disorder issues and with the pandemic increasing feelings of isolation and anxiety, substance use is on the rise and naloxone may save someone's life. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Announces New Federal Funding for 33 States to Support Transitioning Individuals from Nursing Homes to the Community
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of $165 million in supplemental funding to states operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. Each state is eligible for up to $5 million to accelerate long-term care system transformation design and implementation and to expand home and community-based care services capacity. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Administration Announces $200 Million from CDC to Jurisdictions for COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide $200 million to 64 jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness. Funding is provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) to support states in distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Red-Zone Report: New Rural Infections Jump 30% in Last Week
Reports on new coronavirus infections, finds 909 rural counties are listed as red-zones, or having 100 or more new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents. Also finds that new deaths from COVID-19 increased 20 percent. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' infection rates between September 13 to September 19, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Trump Administration Invests $268 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 28 States
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its investment of $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states. 76 projects will receive funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

America's 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths: Small Cities and Towns Bear a Growing Share
As the U.S. surpasses 200,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, an analysis finds that the share of COVID-19 deaths in non-metropolitan areas has grown dramatically over time. Describes how hot spots in urban areas have tapered off, but rural areas are continuing to see the disease spread. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Hospitals Without Obstetrics Units Worry About Emergency Births
Provides overview of a study that found staff at rural hospitals worry that a lack of training, experience, and equipment could hurt their chances of safely managing emergency births. Describes how rural residents have more difficulty getting maternity care and face higher rates of maternal and infant mortality. Explains how continued training via telemedicine could be a solution. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How the Pandemic Forced Mental Health Care to Change for the Better
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many barriers to telehealth services were removed due to new regulatory changes, benefitting both mental healthcare providers and their patients. Describes how telehealth can increase access to mental health services in rural areas as clinicians can work across state lines, discusses how the public could benefit from the telehealth expansions remaining in place after the pandemic. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Announces New Guidance for Safe Visitation in Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance for nursing homes on safely facilitating visitations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations include encouraging nursing homes to utilize outdoor visitation and only allowing indoor visitation if there have been no new cases of COVID-19 in 14 days. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural 'Red-Zone' List Shortens Significantly for First Time in Two Months
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates in counties across the U.S. and finds that rural counties on the red-zone list dropped significantly for the first time in more than two months. Includes an interactive map and a chart detailing rural red-zone counties by state. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 16, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) released two documents outlining the Administration's strategy to efficiently distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to the American people. The documents include a playbook for state, tribal, territorial, and local public health programs on how to plan a vaccination response in their jurisdiction. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 16, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Issues New Roadmap for States to Accelerate Adoption of Value-Based Care to Improve Quality of Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state Medicaid directors to aid in the adoption of value-based care strategies across their healthcare systems. The guidance includes an assessment of key lessons in implementing value-based care reforms and a comprehensive toolkit of available federal authorities to help states adopt innovative payment reform efforts. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

COVID Exodus Fills Vacation Towns with New Medical Pressures
Rural vacation destinations have seen an influx of outsiders relocating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how an increase in residents could cause strain on the towns' hospitals and healthcare providers. While the population increase helps some rural hospitals rebound, healthcare facilities may have to rebalance services if the population shift becomes permanent. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Releases CHART Model Notice of Funding Opportunity, Encourages Rural Communities to Apply
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track. 15 rural communities will be chosen to receive up-front funding from the Community Transformation Track to help design systems that improve access high quality care. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Invests Nearly $115 Million to Combat the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $25 million to 80 recipients across 36 states and two territories as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). The funding aims to reduce morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder and opioid use disorder in rural communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA Expands Access to Broadband Infrastructure for Rural Businesses and Residents Under Select Rural Development Programs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a final rule allowing the use of funds from select programs to help expand access to broadband services for rural residents and businesses. Entities may use up to ten percent of a loan, grant, or loan guarantee to build or improve rural broadband in certain areas, includes a list of eligible programs. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural COVID-19 Cases Increase for Second Week in a Row
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates and finds rural cases increased while metropolitan cases declined for the second week in row. Reports an increase in red-zone counties and in the number of cases originating in rural red-zone counties for the first time in four weeks. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties new infection rates. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 9, 2020 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 September 9, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 9, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Officials Should Release Race-Specific COVID-19 Data, Study Says
Summarizes a study that encourages county and state health departments to release race-specific information on COVID-19 cases to better examine the impacts on people of color in rural areas. Describes how Black and Hispanic populations are at a greater risk of dying from the virus, calls for policy intervention that prioritizes vulnerable populations with limited resources. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Awards $79 Million to Support Health Center Response to Emergencies
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced over $79 million in construction and other capital support for 165 HRSA-funded health centers impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkut, and Super Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires and earthquakes occurring in calendar year 2018, and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019. This funding was made available by the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act in 2019, and will help ensure access to healthcare services for communities impacted by disasters and increase health centers' capacity to prepare, res...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

E-Rate and RHC COVID-Related Waivers Extended
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an extension of the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-Rate program gift rules waiver through December 31, 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Allows broadband providers to offer RHC and E-Rate program participants better internet access and equipment. Seeks to support telehealth and remote learning during the ongoing pandemic. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Releases Rural Action Plan
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Rural Action Plan, a product developed by HHS's Rural Task Force in collaboration with 18 HHS agencies and offices. The plan seeks to strengthen coordination within HHS departments to better serve rural communities and address several emerging health challenges, including health disparities, chronic disease, maternal mortality, and limited access to mental health services. Announces a four-point strategy to transform rural health and human services that targets: building a sustainable health and human services model for rural communities, leverag...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Release Rural Action Plan
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Rural Action Plan, a product developed by HHS's Rural Task Force in collaboration with 18 HHS agencies and offices. The plan seeks to strengthen coordination within HHS departments to better serve rural communities and address several emerging health challenges, including health disparities, chronic disease, maternal mortality, and limited access to mental health services. Announces a four-point strategy to transform rural health and human services that targets: building a sustainable health and human services model for rural communities, leverag...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 3, 2020 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 September 1, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 1, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA Implements the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative; Encourages Private Investment in Rural Communities
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced theOneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative that provides new information on rates and terms to assist lenders applying for loan guarantees to support rural businesses, infrastructure, and community facilities, and increase private investments in rural America. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Issues 2020 Federally-Facilitated Exchange Navigator Awards
Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of awards for the Federally-Facilitated Exchange Navigator program. Grantees will provide assistance and education to those seeking information about, and to those enrolling in healthcare coverage on the Federal Health Insurance Exchange during the 2021 open enrollment period of November 1 - December 15, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 28, 2020 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 August 28, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Releases $1.5 Billion to States, Tribes to Combat Opioid Crisis
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided $1.5 billion in funding to states and tribes for the first round of State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs. This funding supports community-level resources that provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 27, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Black and Rural Students Left Behind as U.S. Schools Go Online
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have moved classes online, but many rural students lack the internet access or technology to participate. Describes an additional disparity that exists for black, Latino, and Native American populations, and highlights community efforts to address the broadband and technology gaps for these populations. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 26, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Black and Rural Students Left Behind as U.S. Schools Go Online
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have moved classes online, but many rural students lack the internet access or technology to participate. Describes an additional disparity that exists for Black, Latino, and Native populations, and highlights community efforts to address the broadband and technology gaps for these populations. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 26, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Managing Stress in Farm Country
Discusses the mental health issues faced by farmers and their families, even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Highlights examples of how America's food producers manage their stress, includes information on a television special on farm stress and mental health aired August 27, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 26, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Trump Administration Strengthens COVID-19 Surveillance with New Reporting and Testing Requirements for Nursing Homes, Other Providers
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced regulatory changes that require nursing homes to test staff and offer testing to residents for COVID-19. Includes information on new testing requirements for nursing homes, reporting requirements for hospitals and labs, and requirements for physicians and pharmacists ordering tests. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 25, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Half of the Rural Red-Zone Counties Come from 10 Southern States
Analysis finds that while the number of new COVID-19 cases in rural counties has fallen, a third of rural counties still have very high infection rates. Half of all red-zone counties are in a ten-state Southern region; includes an interactive map of new COVID-19 cases in counties across the U.S. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 25, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Awards $117 Million to Support Health Center Quality Improvement
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced over $117 million in quality improvement awards to 1,318 health centers across all U.S. states and territories. The awards aim to strengthen quality improvement activities and expand healthcare service delivery, including increasing access to COVID-19 testing and treatment. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 25, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Issues Informational Bulletin on Medicaid Reimbursement Strategies to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Nursing Facilities
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Medicaid Informational Bulletin that provides guidance to states on how they may use state-directed payments to increase reimbursement for nursing facilities that implement COVID-19 infection control practices. Describes how nursing facilities are vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19 and how states must take steps to enhance infection control policy. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Hospitals Are Sinking Under COVID-19 Financial Pressures
As COVID-19 continues to spread, rural communities find themselves on the brink of losing cash-strapped facilities. Describes how hospital closures often lead to a higher mortality rate in the local community, and while rural hospitals have received some federal aid during the public health crisis, many were too weak before the pandemic hit. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How Health Partnerships Can Help Rural Communities Prep for COVID
Blog post discusses how communities with relationships within their health network were able to respond faster and more effectively to the COVID-19 crisis. Describes how these relationships build more resilient rural communities, enabling them to address social determinants of health and effectively share information and resources. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Awards over $35 million to Increase Access to High Quality Health Care in Rural Communities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded over $35 million to 50 rural organizations in 33 states to increase access to high quality care in rural communities. The funding will invest in key areas such as telehealth, health workforce training, technical assistance for rural hospitals, and HIV care and treatment. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 20, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Trump Administration Issues Joint Informational Bulletin Intended to Improve Health and Housing Outcomes for Older Adults and People with a Disability in Rural America
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Joint Informational Bulletin with five other U.S. agencies, which includes information on federal resources available to help improve health and housing outcomes for older adults and those with disabilities in rural America. The resources can help address physical environmental barriers in the home, increase safety, minimize the risk of falls, and support a person's ability and desire to remain in their own home. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 19, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC Data Show Disproportionate COVID-19 Impact in American Indian/Alaska Native Populations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study that examines COVID-19 effects on American Indian and Native American (AI/AN) populations. Findings show that COVID-19 cases among AI/AN were 3.5 times higher than non-Hispanic whites and AI/AN who tested positive also tended to be younger. Includes information on federal funding provided to address these disparities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 19, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Expands Access to Childhood Vaccines during COVID-19 Pandemic
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to vaccines for children as they return to daycare and school. Includes requirements for State-licensed pharmacists to order administer vaccines to children aged 3 to 18 years. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 19, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Red Zone: Decline in New COVID-19 Cases Is Tempered by Continued Problems in Hard-Hit Counties
Discusses that while the rate of new COVID-19 infections in rural counties has decreased, certain rural counties in the South, Southwest, Western Indian Country, and Midwest accounted for three-quarters of new cases in rural counties. Includes an interactive map of COVID-19 cases from August 8 to August 15, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 19, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Releases Healthy People 2030 with National Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Objectives for the Next Decade
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Healthy People 2030, the nation's 10-year plan for addressing our most critical public health priorities and challenges. Healthy People 2030 features 355 measurable objectives with 10-year targets, including those related to opioid use disorder and youth e-cigarette use, as well as emerging public health threats like COVID-19. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Employment Climbed from May to June but Remains 1.4 Million Jobs Below Last Year
Analyzes county-level job reports and finds that rural employment grew at a slower rate from May to June than the rest of the nation. Findings also show that compared to June 2019 employment rates, every county type has seen job loss this year, but rural counties saw a less pronounced decline, with COVID-19 affecting urban areas the most. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Reminder: HRSA Request for Information on HPSA Criteria
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking public and stakeholder feedback to inform policy related to scoring criteria for Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Feedback is requested by September 18, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Rate of New COVID-19 Infections Exceeds the National Average
Analyzes new cases of COVID-19 by rurality and finds that rural counties are adding new cases at a rate above the national average. In early May, rural counties were less likely to acquire new infections, but over time, rural counties saw their case rates climb as the rest of the country either saw a decrease or plateau. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Healthcare Looks to Telehealth to Address Physician Burnout, Stress
The COVID-19 pandemic has put extra pressure on physicians and other healthcare workers; in response, some health systems are using connected health platforms to connect stressed employees with virtual behavioral health services. Discusses how telehealth addresses physician burnout and improves work-life balance, and will continue to do so after the pandemic. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

These Rural First Responders Are Fighting More Than a Global Pandemic
In rural West Virginia, emergency service calls decreased early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, but in May, calls skyrocketed due to an increase in motor vehicle accidents, elderly health problems, and drug overdoses. Describes how the additional cost of COVID-19 personal protective equipment has impacted emergency medical service finances, discusses the mental toll the job takes on personnel. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news