Rural Health Care

Rural Residencies: Texas Tech’s Rural Training Track Brings More Physicians to Small Towns - 03/26/2019

In all his dreams about becoming a doctor, Ivan Becerra, MD, never imagined he’d lead a cesarean section delivery during just his second year of residency. Yet last August, that’s exactly what he was doing at Pecos County Memorial


Help Rural Hospitals Receive State Revenue - 02/05/2019

If you understand rural health needs and have some time to help hospitals in those areas seek state funding, the State Office of Rural Health needs your help.


Rural FP Finds Rewards With Full-scope Training, Deep Roots - 01/04/2019

Texas physician acknowledges the hard work it takes to build a solo practice in a rural community.


Learn How TMA Will Work for Rural Physicians at the Capitol - 12/01/2018

Tune in to a 30-minute Virtual Meeting for Select Counties to learn about TMA’s strategies for the upcoming legislative session from TMA Vice President of Public Affairs Darren Whitehurst, and to find out more about organized medicine from John Flores, MD, chair of the TMA Council on Socioeconomics.


Crisis in the Country - 09/26/2018

Since 2010, Texas has seen more rural hospitals close than has any other state, leaving huge gaps in health care; however, the state's rural areas have options for maintaining health care facilities.


Rural Doc Hopes to Build Ties With Big Cities - 09/20/2018

Jacksonville OB-Gyn hopes rural docs and big centers can build collegiality.


Researchers Seek Your Input on Palliative Care Telementoring Program - 06/22/2018

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is creating an online mentoring program, called ECHO Palliative Care Texas, to help rural physicians care for patients who need supportive and/or palliative care as they receive cancer treatment.


Rural Texas Physician - 04/27/2018

Spring 2017 Rural Texas Physician is a quarterly electronic periodical for physicians in the many rural areas of Texas caring for patients and their communities. TMA’s grassroots membership is the strength of the association.


Reviewers Required for Rural Revenue Recipients - 02/06/2018

If you understand rural health needs and have some time to help facilities in those areas seek state funding, the State Office of Rural Health needs your help.


Improving Health in Hard-to-Reach Communities - 01/25/2018

The health impact pyramid offers a framework for considering the relative significance of socioeconomic determinants of health and for prioritizing interventions that may be effective in improving health outcomes in hard-to-reach and rural populations. Barriers to health care delivery in rural settings are outlined with examples provided. Demonstration projects in East and West Texas are reviewed. Those programs reach unique populations such as agricultural and migrant workers and those with mental illness by using innovative approaches, such as the use of specially trained community health workers and telehealth and telemedicine. Having a health impact on hard-to-reach groups and rural populations is largely a function of overcoming numerous barriers. Adopting a population health approach that engages the community in overcoming those barriers is likely to be more effective in producing improved health outcomes.


Higher Liability Caps Would Hurt Access to Care - 04/04/2017

I am concerned about the future of medical care in our community, and many, many others like it in Texas. Physicians in rural areas already work harder and make less money due to cuts in payment. I’m age 55. Our eldest physician, Rusty West, is 58. It’s always been difficult to recruit doctors to come to a rural community. But I am convinced that it will be even harder to recruit if the cap is raised and insurance premiums go back up again. There is a point when the practice of medicine in rural Texas becomes economically unsustainable. Raising the cap on damages moves us to that point as the increased cost can’t be passed on to our patients, many of whom are on Medicare and Medicaid.


Bill Aims to Attract Mental Health Professionals - 05/20/2016

It's no surprise Texas is lacking in mental health professionals. A statewide survey sheds light on just how dire the situation is: 185 of Texas' 254 counties are without a psychiatrist. Overall, the state is home to just 4.1 psychiatrists per 1,000 patients, only slightly better than Nevada, Mississippi, and Idaho, nationally. Legislative efforts are in the works to try to attract more psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to underserved Texas communities.