Details the recent vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll back net neutrality regulations. Some healthcare organizations are concerned about the impact of this vote on telemedicine services and access to healthcare in rural areas.
By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D. Twice a year the federal government publishes the “Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” (Unified Agenda), which provides the American public with insight into regulations under development or review throughout the federal government. For … Continue reading →
By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D. and Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. In recent days, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has committed to several new policies that will modernize the agency’s approach to regulation in the medical device system. For instance, we … Continue reading →
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan Program invested $40 million in 31 infrastructure projects in rural communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico. Projects included surface transportation, aviation, ports, water and storm water resources, energy production and generation, and electricity transmission.
By: Edward M. Cox, M.D., M.P.H. When a patient has an infection, healthcare providers often order a test to help them select a drug that is likely to work against that infection. This testing is performed by laboratories and is … Continue reading →
Discusses the impact of Medicare extender provisions supporting rural hospitals that expired on September 30, 2017. If Congress doesn’t delay cuts to these programs by December 31st, reduced payments for rural hospitals could begin at the start of the year. (May require registration for full article.)
By: Maureen L. Dreher, Ph.D., Andrew Farb, M.D., and Owen Faris, Ph.D. Ten years ago, when medical device manufacturers wanted to gain early clinical experience with their new devices they often went overseas to conduct first-in-human or small clinical studies. … Continue reading →
Radio interview with Roger Knak, the CEO of Fairview Regional Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital in Oklahoma. Discussion includes the work the hospital has done to address patient satisfaction and community health needs and the importance of rural health infrastructure, among other things.
Life expectancy for Native Americans is 20 years shorter than the national average. Discusses some potential causes, including the Indian Health Service (IHS) being underfunded, discrimination, high poverty and uninsured rates in Native American communities, limited access to providers, and these various barriers leading people to stop trying to access care.
Announces a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to increase broadband access and adoption in rural areas. The inaugural project, L.A.U.N.C.H. (Linking and Amplifying User-Centered Networks through Connected Health), is a public-private collaboration to improve broadband health connectivity in Appalachia and will target areas with high cancer mortality and low levels of broadband access.
By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D. Advanced technologies, biomaterials and digital tools are offering us fundamentally better ways to develop new medical devices to advance human health. To build on these innovations and ensure patients have access to safe and effective advances … Continue reading →
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded six new grants to support farmer health and safety. These grants, funded through the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) Program and state and regional AgrAbility initiatives, aim to prevent serious injuries and fatalities associated with farming through education and support.
By: Peter Stein. M.D. Drugs are approved by FDA based upon substantial evidence from clinical trials that the medicine will be both effective and safe for use if prescribed according to its labeling. However, there may be issues that need … Continue reading →
Discusses the aging farm workforce and factors that may be contributing to this reality. Declining health due to age and years of labor take a toll on farm workers, many of whom do not have private insurance and cannot access Medicaid.
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) are leading a bi-partisan group of 32 senators advocating for a re-authorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program to be included in any legislation proposed before the end of the year. The SRS program, which supports public schools, emergency services, and other essential services for more than 775 rural counties, expired in September of this year.
By: RADM Denise M. Hinton and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. Toxicology testing plays a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of FDA-regulated products. During the development and evaluation of almost all FDA-regulated products, testing is performed on people or animals to … Continue reading →
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, rural counties continue to have fewer job availability than they had before the recession in 2007. 40% of urban counties have fewer jobs than they did in 2007, compared to two-thirds of rural counties. Rural unemployment rates have dropped, but this is because the rural workforce has declined. Includes an interactive map with county-level data.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office
of the Actuary has released a
study on overall national health spending. The study
includes spending growth trends for private health
insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, and
out-of-pocket consumer costs.
By: Courtney Lias, Ph.D., and Stayce Beck, Ph.D., M.P.H. At FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) we recognize that medical innovators with a novel technology can get lost in navigating the regulatory landscape if there is no well-worn … Continue reading →
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer states greater local control over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in an effort to promote self-sufficiency, integrity, and customer service. Specifics on these new flexibilities will be communicated to state agencies in the coming weeks.