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President Donald Trump Releases Plan to Reorganize Government Agencies.

This afternoon, President Donald Trump released a plan to reorganize government programs, including those at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that are critical to our rural communities. As the White House and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director begin to discuss the released plan with Members of Congress, we ask that they ensure that any reorganization of programs under these agencies does not result in the elimination....

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Locum tenens model bridges a gap in psychiatric care.

Mental health staffing shortages exist in urban and rural health care settings, but the problems are even more challenging in rural areas. Locum tenens psychiatrists are helping to combat the shortage of mental health providers in rural areas. In some cases, locum tenens physicians face large backlogs of patients in need of quality mental health care. With changing dynamics of health care and mental health care needs, locum tenens providers help fill the need..

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Addressing Regional Health Differences: Border Communities.

As we continue to discuss regional variance in addressing population health care needs and creating innovative new models, we must consider the unique conditions of border communities. Almost 30% of the estimated 30 million people living in the border region live in rural areas, and no different from other rural populations, they are on average older, sicker, and poorer than those in urban areas. The average median income in the border region is less than $15,000.  .

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Challenges for Physical Therapists in Critical Access Hospitals.

Physical therapists (PTs) are often front and center at critical access hospitals (CAH). In these rural settings, PTs must have expansive knowledge and a vast skill set to best meet the needs of patients and caregivers. A PT must know how to function in nearly every setting at a CAH: outpatient, acute, subacute, nursing home, home health, acute rehab facility, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, emergency rooms, and more while addressing the needs of individuals across the life span..

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House Appropriations Committee Releases Labor-HHS Bill.

The House Appropriations Committee released the text of its Labor and Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations bill this morning. NRHA submitted testimony and requests to both the House and Senate Appropriators requesting robust support for rural health programs. While we understand the current federal budget situation, rural health discretionary spending is relatively small but is vitally important for maintaining access to care for individuals living in rural America. The rural....

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