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N.C. mayor finishes walk to D.C. to protest hospital closure
July 28, 2014
A North Carolina mayor fighting for the hospital that closed in his rural town finished his two-week protest march to the nation's capital, where he told a crowd that his community's problems are part of a larger healthcare struggle.
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Guest Commentary: Telemedicine a necessary investment for rural hospitals
By Bryan Coffey | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Small hospitals across America are wondering whether they can afford a telemedicine robot. From our perspective, how can you afford not to make that investment?
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Rural N.C. mayor walking to D.C. to save his shuttered local hospital
By Bob Herman | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Troubled rural hospitals just got a new advocate—and he's on the move.
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Bus tour brings EHR expertise to rural Ga. physicians
By Albany (Ga.) Herald | July 03, 2014
To help rural doctors get up to speed with education and technical assistance on meaningful use of electronic health records, a two-day bus tour swept through central and eastern Georgia last week.
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Reform Update: States test Medicaid ACOs to cut costs
By Virgil Dickson | July 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Looking to control Medicaid costs, several states are launching accountable care initiatives that mirror experiments underway with Medicare and private insurers but vary significantly in their approaches.
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'Assistant physician' idea is a mistake
June 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Missouri bill would create assistant doctors to boost rural care”: Just what we don't need: another assistant to physicians.
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Missouri bill would create assistant doctors to boost rural care
By Bob Herman | June 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Missouri may soon allow licensed medical school graduates to practice medicine and prescribe drugs without having completed a residency.
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VA plan to end rural program raises hackles
By Virgil Dickson | June 21, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Some lawmakers and hospital leaders are urging the Veterans Affairs Department not to end a 3-year-old pilot program that gives veterans in rural areas access to contracted non-VA healthcare facilities.
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VA plan to end rural health program raises hospital, lawmaker hackles
By Virgil Dickson | June 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The U.S. Veteran Affairs Department appears to have no plans to continue a pilot program that it launched three years ago to give rural veterans access to private healthcare, despite calls for its continuance from some providers and lawmakers.
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Community health centers need continued extra funding
By Dr. Gary Wiltz | May 24, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As a young doctor, my first job was serving in one of the poorest and most rural parishes in Louisiana. I had a three-year commitment to serve with the National Health Service Corps, which, in return, paid for my medical education. Thirty-two years later, I'm still there, leading the same community...
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