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.
Rural hospitals are hurting financially and could become candidates to close if healthcare reforms leave more people uninsured, according to a new study.
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.
The sole hospital in Wharton, Texas, just south of Houston, has closed. The Gulf Coast Medical Center is directing residents to either El Campo Memorial or OakBend Medical Center, which is more than a half-hour away.
The big for-profit chains nowadays are selling rural hospitals because, even if they are profitable, they can't generate the margins that shareholders demand.
Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson watched the election results on TV at home and, like many Americans, was surprised by the results. Now he and other hospital and health system leaders are preparing to work with a Trump administration and congressional leaders committed to ending the ACA.
Cigna will drop a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could treat patients for opioid addiction.
The evidence clearly shows that small and rural practices are successful in improving care and lowering costs and even outperforming their urban peers. They are nimble and dedicated to the care of their communities.