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Rural or urban? Court ruling would let some hospitals save money by being both

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 05, 2016

Some believe a federal appeals court decision over hospital classifications could lead to millions of dollars in savings for hospitals across the country. The court Thursday invalidated a Medicare regulation that says certain hospitals can't be classified as both rural and urban.

HHS mulls how to measure and pay for quality in rural care

By Shannon Muchmore  |  November 30, 2015

Rural providers should be required to participate in federal pay-for-performance programs, but the measurements should reflect rural patient volume, patient demographics and practice size, according to an analysis requested by HHS.

Q&A: Value-based payment poses challenge to rural hospitals

Q&A: Value-based payment poses challenge to rural hospitals

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 28, 2015

Marty Fattig, CEO of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Neb., discusses rural hospitals' challenges in recruiting staff, the problems created by Nebraska's refusal so far to expand Medicaid to low-income adults and how he motivates his employees.

Legislation languishes as rural hospitals struggle

Legislation languishes as rural hospitals struggle

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 03, 2015

Critical-access hospitals' ongoing financial woes are being compounded by Medicare cuts imposed by sequestration and the failure of most rural states to expand Medicaid, and there's little prospect of legislative or regulatory relief in sight.

Critical-access hospitals see little growth

By Michael Sandler  |  October 03, 2015

Despite the outcry on Capitol Hill over rural hospital closings, the number of critical-access hospitals in the U.S. grew slightly in the past year, according to Modern Healthcare magazine's annual review of CMS data.

Cuts to Planned Parenthood have troubling impact on states

Cuts to Planned Parenthood have troubling impact on states

By Shannon Muchmore  |  September 12, 2015

The political fight over the funding of Planned Parenthood could be felt in rural Scott County, Ind., where this year there was a rush to get HIV tests after 180 people tested positive. But there was no place to get testing services.

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2015

Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that would require hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are under observation care in a hospital but have not been admitted. Some observers, however, say the measure doesn't address the...

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