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Breast Cancer in Rural America .

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, breast cancer deaths have decreased by as much as 34% and continue to decline. Unfortunately, improvement has not occurred equally among all populations. Just as with so many other diseases, those with breast cancer in rural America are less likely to have the cancer diagnosed early and to receive the treatment necessary..

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Rural Hospital Closures Climb Rapidly.

For a brief time, the number of rural hospital closures seemed to have stalled. Despite a rising number of hospitals operating at a loss, and regardless of Congressional inaction, rural hospitals were managing to hold on. Then the summer brought a rush of hospital closures, a landslide that’s continued into the fall..

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The Rural MOMS Act: Reducing Maternal Mortality and Increasing Care .

Last week, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced S. 3568, the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services (MOMS) Act. This bill begins to address the needs of expecting mothers and babies in rural areas to ensure a healthy and vibrant future for rural families.  .

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Assurance for Rural ACOs: NRHA Submits CMS Comments .

This week, after many discussions with members participating in ACOs, NRHA submitted its comment letter to CMS, outlining our recommendations to improve the proposed rule to allow financially vulnerable rural providers an opportunity to participate in the program..

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Senate Votes on Final Passage of Opioid Package.

The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids package Wednesday afternoon in a 98-1 vote and will now send the legislation to the President's Desk for a final signature..

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