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Report: Hospitals not always best fit for rural communities

Report: Hospitals not always best fit for rural communities

By Tara Bannow  |  January 17, 2018

A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Center for Outcomes Research and Education finds that many stakeholders in seven rural states believe rural communities should transform their critical-access hospitals into hybrid clinics that provide primary care and emergency services.

Data Points: Rural Hospitals at Risk

Data Points: Rural Hospitals at Risk

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 02, 2017

Rural hospitals continue to face fairly dire financial times. The National Rural Health Association last year suggested that more than 670 rural hospitals were at risk of closing. Since 2010, when three rural hospitals shuttered, the annual pace of closures has more than doubled.

USDA loaning $2.2M to expand Maine healthcare

USDA loaning $2.2M to expand Maine healthcare

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 24, 2017

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue earlier in the week announced the agency would give more than $1 billion to healthcare organizations in rural areas of 41 states.

Congress far from Medicare extender deal

Congress far from Medicare extender deal

By Susannah Luthi  |  November 22, 2017

Rural hospitals are worried Congress' delay in funding now-expired Medicare extenders will throw them into more financial instability as the providers face a continuing crisis of closures.

13 hospitals join CMS' rural pay experiment

13 hospitals join CMS' rural pay experiment

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 21, 2017

The CMS has expanded an experiment that pays rural hospitals the actual cost of care versus standard Medicare rates. Executives say the funds are key to ensure quality care.

VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas

By Associated Press  |  August 22, 2017

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.

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