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Rural health around Ky: challenges and solutions

Rural health around Ky: challenges and solutions

Access to healthcare services is critical to good health, yet rural residents in Kentucky face a variety of access barriers that limit their ability to obtain the care they need. Economic factors, cultural and social differences, educational shortcomings, sheer isolation with limited access to transportation and lack of recognition by legislators all conspire to create

Leadership program addresses health disparities in rural Kentucky

    Of the 4,436,974 people living in Kentucky, 1,833,344 (about 41 percent) live in rural areas, according to the USDA-Economic Research Services (ERS). What does it mean to be a rural area? That isn’t always easy to answer. Rural is an inexact term that can mean different things to different people, organizations and governments. 

The Role of Medicaid in Rural America

Rural areas in states that implemented Medicaid expansion to lower income adults experienced larger gains in coverage. By Julia Foutz, Samantha Artiga, and Rachel Garfield with Kaiser Family Foundation People in rural areas face unique challenges in healthcare coverage and access, including low density of providers and longer travel times to care, limited access to

Addressing physician shortage in rural areas

Certain osteopathic medical schools uniquely suited to combat this crisis, even more so than their conventional allopathic counterparts. By Ben Keeton   The Association of American Medical Colleges recently released its latest estimate of our nation’s looming doctor shortage. By 2025, America could be short more than 35,000 primary-care physicians. That’s 4,500 more than the group projected

Lowering preventable readmission rates for rural hospitals in Kentucky doesn’t have to be tricky.

By Tom Cox Reducing congestive heart failure readmissions is a tricky business for hospitals across the United States. According to the American Heart Association, one million people in America will be hospitalized for heart failure and about 250,000 will be back in the hospital within a month. The Affordable Care Act ushered in Medicare’s Hospital