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.
Rural hospitals as a group have done better at avoiding the spread of hospital-acquired conditions and have scored higher in Medicare's value-based purchasing program than their urban counterparts, according to a new HHS report.
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.
Some areas do have more hospital capacity than needed today. How should that extra capacity be addressed? Closing a smaller hospital in a city can force patients into surviving large teaching hospitals, boosting the cost of care. Who benefits from that?
Medication-assisted treatment for opioid abusers is scarce in rural areas, but three projects aim to develop strategies to make it more accessible.
A New England Journal of Medicine study examined differences in asthma rates between two isolated farming communities in Indiana—the Amish and the Hutterite. It found the latter's airborne dust triggers more breathing issues among mice.