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As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access

As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access

By Paul Demko  |  May 16, 2015

Nationwide, 51 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and the National Rural Health Association has identified 283 more that are in danger of going under. Some facilities may shift to providing emergency and outpatient care only, and link with regional hospitals for a broader range of services.

Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes

By Associated Press  |  May 02, 2015

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association.

Rural hospitals get billions in extra Medicare funds

By Associated Press  |  March 09, 2015

A law that allows rural hospitals to bill Medicare for rehabilitation services for seniors at higher rates than nursing homes and other facilities has led to billions of dollars in extra government spending, federal investigators say.

Excellence in Governance for small providers: Melissa Fraser of West Park Hospital

Excellence in Governance for small providers: Melissa Fraser of West Park Hospital

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 14, 2015

Good is rarely good enough, and opportunities for improvement are never lacking. Those are the philosophies that drive Melissa Fraser, board chair of West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyo. “We're always striving to be in a better place,” said Fraser, who since 2004 has been on a mission to...

National action needed to advance telemedicine

National action needed to advance telemedicine

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 17, 2015

Telehealth, which has been around for four decades, lives in regulatory limbo, despite being one of the more promising technologies for improving patient outcomes and lowering costs.

Growing community-based doctors

Growing community-based doctors

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 22, 2014

Around the country, a number of graduate medical education programs are training young doctors in community-based medicine, in the hope that they'll either stay where they are trained or relocate to other underserved communities.

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