Friday, September 27, 2019

Quick hits: Why one doctor loves practicing in rural W.Va.; rural maternal mortality bill; Medicaid hospital payment cuts finalized

Here's a roundup of stories with rural resonance; if you do or see similar work that should be shared on The Rural Blog, email us at

Proposed legislation would add incentives to bring health-care providers and equipment to rural areas and gather better data on rural maternal mortality. Read more here.

Many doctors practice in rural areas because of incentive programs, but one doctor explains why working in rural West Virginia is a labor of love for him. Read more here.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has finalized a rule for cuts to disproportionate-share hospitals, which have higher-than-usual numbers of Medicaid patients. Read more here.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said it's not feasible to declare all PFAs as hazardous substances in one year. To do so would require circumventing the agency's current procedures for doing so, he said. Wheeler also said it would be hasty to lump all PFAs in together as hazardous when there isn't enough data to determine whether some PFAs pose enough of a health risk. Read more here.

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