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Rural Health Clinics Modernization Act Advocacy Page. As you know, one of the key reasons the National Association of Rural Health Clinics was founded, was to represent the RHC community in Washington, D.C. We work hard to ensure that new rules and regulations coming out of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are feasible and fair for rural health clinics. READ MORE
New Data on HIV Diagnoses; Disproportionate in Rural Areas. Since 2006, CDC has recommended universal screening for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection at least once in health care settings and at least annual rescreening of persons at increased risk for infection (1,2), but data from national surveys and HIV surveillance demonstrate that these recommendations have not been fully implemented (3,4). The national Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative* is intended to reduce the number of new infections by 90% from 2020 to 2030. READ MORE
Recession's Impact Lingers for Food-Insecure Rural Seniors. According to Dr. James Ziliak, director of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Poverty Research and the co-author of the study, nearly 30 percent of senior citizens living below the poverty line are food insecure or concerned they won’t have anything to eat. About half of those seniors, defined as 60 years and older, have very low food security, meaning they frequently worry about access to food. READ MORE
Request for Proposals Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Information and Application Package. A vibrant community is one where all residents are empowered to pursue economic, health, and social well being. The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) recognizes the vital role transportation plays in all activities that support resident empowerment across the board. READ MORE
Clinician Alert for Rhabdomyolysis Related to Consumption of Buffalo Fish. This alert is to warn you about possible foodborne intoxication following consumption of Buffalo Fish. Three individuals in Illinois consumed Buffalo Fish harvested in Kentucky and are now hospitalized and in critical condition due to Haff Disease. Haff Disease is caused by a toxin occasionally found in certain types of fish, one of which is Buffalo Fish. This toxin is heat-stable, persists in the fish even after cooking and is not detectable by color, odor or other means. READ MORE 
After appeals-court arguments in a case challenging Obamacare, Beshear calls it 'the future of rural health care A panel of federal appeals court judges on Tuesday sounded likely to uphold a lower-court ruling that a central provision of the Affordable Care Act — the requirement that most people have health insurance — is unconstitutional. READ MORE 
Grace Health Outreach Team. Grace Health Outreach Team works toward expanding our service area as ambassadors of Grace Health. They are involved in various monthly community events and coalitions, spreading the word about our services and locations, including sharing information about our sliding scale fee program and pharmacy/prescription discounts. READ MORE
Grant Opportunity. Community Economic Development Focus on Social Enterprises Department of Health and Human Services  Administration for Children and Families. READ MORE
Social Isolation and Loneliness: Insights from Rural Clinical Providers and Other Experts, As more healthcare delivery efforts include social risk assessments, the impact of the social determinants of health is better understood. Rural clinicians, researchers, and other experts share perspectives on social isolation and loneliness. READ MORE
The Doctor Will See You Now … In Your Home. Starting this week, Kentuckians with Medicaid coverage can start seeing their doctor through their phone. A state law passed in 2018 allows a patient to stay in their home and have a doctor’s visit using a special medical video platform. The providers have to be licensed in Kentucky, but no longer have to be licensed through a telehealth board. READ MORE
The study examines suicide ideation, planning, and attempts. Since 1999, rates of suicide have increased in nearly every state in the United States. In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide. This is a trend that has not spared the Commonwealth of Kentucky: suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the state. READ MORE
50 states ranked by the number of rural health clinics. Kentucky ranks 4th in the nation for the number of RHCs. The ranking is based on 2018 data from CMS' Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting database. READ MORE
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