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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy…

Updated Website for Mapping Health Trends:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their interactive database providing information about health status by geographic location. The tool collects data from multiple sources on obesity, physical activity, eating habits and other behaviors and allows the users to sort by state and topic area and customize charts and maps, which may help rural stakeholders with funding applications and policy decisions.

Barriers to Telehealth:

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report showing that low uptake of telehealth services may be due to regulatory restrictions and inadequate reimbursement and payment methods.  The GAO found that Medicare, with many beneficiaries in rural areas, lags behind other federal programs in implementing telehealth services…

For more news and information from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, visit www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth.