Rural hospitals have long wanted to be part of the so-called 340B program, too, but were blocked from participating until the Affordable Care Act . But, unlike bigger hospitals, rural hospitals can't get discounts on expensive drugs that treat rare diseases.
With higher rates of Medicaid patients, rural hospitals would be hit harder than their urban counterparts if Medicaid expansion ends as proposed in the new Graham-Cassidy bill.
As rural providers offering obstetric care dwindled over the past decade, women in those areas have seen greater health disparities and remaining providers feel the financial strain.
If the rate of electronic health record adoption continues at its current pace, all hospitals in the country should have EHRs in the next four years. But when it comes to advanced EHR functions, the picture isn't so rosy.
Rural areas are often bypassed under the agency's existing guidelines for awarding grants for veterans' homes, but Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin says that will change soon.
Carolinas HealthCare is finding success by converting a hospital into a stand-alone emergency department that offers primary care.
The GOP-backed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act may be losing steam for now. That's good news for rural hospitals, but the rural sector's problems are far from resolved.
Rural hospitals, already struggling after years of cuts to the growth of Medicare reimbursement, fear the plan to end Medicaid expansion and drop billions from the program would mean many would have to close their doors.
The FCC's Connect2Health task force is leading the project, which has an overarching goal of bringing broadband and other advanced technologies to healthcare.
Proposed cuts in President Donald Trump's 2018 budget for HHS would reduce funding for rural hospitals and hurt the supply pipeline for black and Hispanic healthcare professionals.
Pennsylvania is considering legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to practice in rural or underserved areas without the supervision of a physician.
Modern Healthcare went to Nebraska to talk to the people served by the Indian Health Service hospital that lost its certification and federal funding last year because of substandard care. Native Americans are losing confidence in the federal agency bound by treaties to care for them.