Opioid epidemic, rural health spurring wider adoption of telehealth, panel says

In just the past few years, telehealth has gained some momentum, in part spurred by the opioid epidemic and an aging rural population. Medicare, in particular, has loosened some of its requirements around telehealth reimbursement starting in 2017, said Mei W. Kwong, executive director for the Center for Connected Health Policy and National Telehealth Policy […]

Tips for telling the stories of rural hospital closures

Bram Sable-Smith, who spent a year doing in-depth reporting on an endangered rural hospital in Pemiscot County, Mo., as part of an AHCJ Reporting Fellowship on Health Care Performance, did a tip sheet on how to report on the threat to rural hospitals, in the context of a wave of closures.

United effort helps two rural Oklahoma communities reduce childhood caries

America’s tribal communities have long suffered from an abundance of oral disease problems and a shortage of dentists. Research has shown that Native American and Alaska Native preschoolers experience tooth decay at more than four times the rate of white children.

Experts discussed rural health topics at workshop

AHCJ’s 10th annual Rural Health Journalism Workshop brought journalists to North Carolina’s Research Triangle to hear from experts who offered resources and story ideas about the health challenges facing the United States’ 47 million rural residents. Nearly 70 attended the all-day workshop, gaining a better understanding of what’s happening – or will be happening – […]