Rural Center Research Staff Well-Represented at National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Annual Conference
Karen Pearson and Erika Ziller each presented findings from their research on The Evidence for Community Paramedicine in Rural Areas and Rural Implementation and Impact of Medicaid. John Gale gave two presentations on Rural Health Clinics (Identifying Relevant Quality Measures and Readiness for Practice Transformation) as well as on Critical Access Hospital Community Activities under Health Reform. Zach Croll displayed his findings from the Critical Access Hospital Community Benefit project as part of the NRHA poster session.
Gale Publishes Article on Rural Vets and Health Care Issues
John Gale publishes article on rural veterans' health care issues. Evolving population trends — the aging of rural veterans, the growing number of female veterans and rates of homelessness among veterans — place significant demands on VA and rural delivery systems. Coordination among health care providers is essential to increasing the availability of services and expanding veteran outreach programs.
Muskie School brings experts and community together for health policy colloquia
The Muskie School of Public Service hosted two health policy colloquia this April to promote informed discussion throughout the state regarding MaineCare coverage options under the ACA and the implications of Vermont’s move toward a single-payer system.The series, sponsored by the Muskie School Board of Visitors, examines critical policy issues within the state and nation.
Trish Riley on Medicaid Expansion and Maine Taxpayers
Trish Riley, Adjunct Professor at the Muskie School, writes in the Bangor Daily News (posted March 28, 2013), "the assertion that Maine taxpayers are being penalized [in the ACA Medicaid expansion] deserves scrutiny."
New article in Journal of Rural Health examines network adequacy standards for Qualified Health Plans
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires Health Insurance Exchanges (HIEs) to specify network adequacy standards for the Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) they offer to consumers. This article, authored by research staff at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, USM Muskie School, examines rural issues surrounding network adequacy standards, and offers recommendations for crafting standards that optimize rural access.
Dr. Coburn presents highlights of ACA to Maine legislators
Maine legislators attending the Policy Leaders Academy Health Care Forum session on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, were presented with an overview and highlights of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it affects Maine's uninsured population.
Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) chosen to lead state BUILD Initiative
MRTQ director Sonja Howard has been named the lead for a BUILD Initiative grant received by the State of Maine to help shape the technical assistance program offered to its early care and youth education practitioners. Maine is one of only eight states chosen to participate in this national initiative.
NRCOI Publishes Child Welfare Practice Model Guide
Guide published by the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement offers an overall framework for developing, implementing, and/or strengthening a child welfare practice model, helping child welfare agencies and their partners make informed choices in selecting their approaches to this important work.
New Report: Drug Offense Trends and Drug Offender Recidivism in Maine
This new report funded by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, and developed by the Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) of the USM Muskie School of Public Service, provides public safety drug arrest trends and recidivism rates of drug offenders admitted to probation in Maine.