Tip sheet dives into resources for rural health, social determinants

Rose Hoban, a long-time health journalist who founded and now leads North Carolina Health News, has written an AHCJ tip sheet chock full of resources about both rural health and social determinants of health. The resource guide grows out of her presentation at Health Journalism 2019 in Baltimore last spring in which she provided both […]

Democratic presidential candidates unveil broadband access, telehealth plans for rural America

Last week kicked off the 11-day Iowa State Fair, drawing most of the top Democratic presidential candidates. A regular stop on the early state voting circuit, the Iowa State Fair offers the opportunity for face time with early-state voters – while also eating food on sticks and posing for selfies in front of a giant […]

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.