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Federal Focus (May 22, 2020) – FCC Authorizes Over $7.5 Million for Rural Broadband Projects
The Federal Communications Commission authorized $7.5 million in funding throughout 10 years to expand rural broadband across seven states. This funding is the 12th wave of support from the Connect American Fund Phase II auction and will benefit 3,100 unserved rural homes and businesses.

AHA Releases Resource for Proactive Care Planning
The American Hospital Association released a new resource, "Proactive Care Planning and Respecting the Patient and Family Choice," which provides clinical teams with a clear plan detailing what matters most to each patient and honors the preferences of the patient and family. This scripting tool helps care teams proactively ask patients about the type of care they prefer should they become severely ill and helps address their uncertainty, as well as that of their family members.

MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following:

  • Medicare clarifies recognition of interstate license compacts
  • Quarterly update to the Medicare physician fee schedule database – April 2020 update revised

HRSA Announces Rural Residency Planning and Development Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration announced the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program. The purpose of this grant program is to support the development of new rural residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, public health and general preventive medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology, to address the physician workforce shortages and challenges faced by rural communities. Rural residency programs are accredited medical residency training programs that primarily train residents in rural training sites for greater than 50 percent of their total time in residency and focus on producing physicians who will practice in rural communities.