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New fed loans to promote rural ACOs

By Melanie Evans  |  October 18, 2014

The Obama administration plans to offer infrastructure loans to small and rural healthcare providers to participate in Medicare's program for accountable care organizations.

Rural hospital patients face higher out-of-pocket costs for outpatient services

By Bob Herman  |  October 08, 2014

Medicare patients who receive routine outpatient care such as IV bags and heart tests pay considerably more out of their own pockets at critical-access hospitals than at other general acute-care hospitals, according to a report released Wednesday from HHS' Office of the Inspector General. For some...

More critical-access hospital closings likely

By Michael Sandler  |  September 30, 2014

Amid ongoing federal scrutiny of the extra funding paid small hospitals to serve remote areas, the number of critical-access hospitals in the U.S. continued to fall over the past year, according to Modern Healthcare magazine's annual review of CMS data published in this week's By the Numbers list.

Critical-access hospitals by state: 2014

Critical-access hospitals by state: 2014

September 27, 2014

A list of critical-access hospitals by state, ranked by the number of CAHs as of Sept. 19, 2014. Source: Flex Monitoring Team. Published Sept. 29, 2014, p. 30.

Rural health clinics could be getting overpaid, report cautions

Rural health clinics could be getting overpaid, report cautions

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 15, 2014

Hundreds of rural health clinics may have been overpaid millions of dollars, according to a recently released report from HHS' Office of Inspector General. Of the 3,521 RHCs OIG examined in its report, 434, or 12%, no longer meet one or both of the qualifications to maintain the designation.

Eastern Niagara Health closing rural hospital in Newfane, N.Y.

By Beth Kutscher  |  August 23, 2014

On Aug. 29, Eastern Niagara Health System will end inpatient services at its 71-bed hospital in Newfane, N.Y., the first hospital in New York to close this year. Ten rural hospitals already have shut their doors this year, according to the National Rural Health Association.

N.C. mayor finishes walk to D.C. to protest hospital closure

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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