Playing the Long Game: Adrian Billings, MD, Deepens the Rural Physician Bench - 10/02/2021
Although medicine wasn’t his initial choice, Dr. Billings’ passion for his work is palpable and extends far beyond the exam room, especially when he’s training future rural physicians.
Feds Focus New COVID Relief on Rural Areas, Give Grace Period on Previous Reporting Deadline - 09/29/2021
The Biden administration has announced plans to distribute $25.5 billion in funding to physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF), and will open the portal for funding applications on Sept. 29.
Feds Distribute Grant to Boost Vaccine Confidence in Rural Texas - 07/28/2021
Texas rural health clinics are receiving more than $7 million out of nearly $100 million the Biden-Harris administration is distributing to rural clinics nationwide to support COVID-19 vaccination outreach.
Protect and Revitalize Rural Texans’ Health Care - 03/30/2021
Prior to the arrival of the COVID-19 virus, Texas’ rural health care already faced unprecedented financial and demographic pressures. The pandemic now has amplified the crisis.
Census Undercount Could Stifle Texas’ Health Services, Doctors Say - 03/11/2020
Texas physicians are urging patients to answer the upcoming U.S. Census to ensure the state won’t lose billions of dollars’ worth of health and human services funding – a loss that could harm the patients themselves.
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.
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.
Every physician has a story. What's yours? - 07/10/2018
Every Texas physician has a story like this. Texas Medical Association wants to share these stories ... with lawmakers and the public. The power in these stories will help them understand the problems in medicine today and how we hope to solve them.
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.
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.
Medicare Physicians in Shortage Areas to Get Automatic Bonuses - 10/20/2017
Physicians who serve Medicare patients in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) automatically receive a 10-percent bonus payment except for certain situations that require the AQ modifier.