Medicare should not allow special payment adjustments for low-volume rural hospitals that aren't the sole providers in their communities, MedPAC Executive Director Mark Miller testified before a House panel Wednesday.
The CMS is making it easier for rural healthcare providers and small physician groups to participate in Medicare accountable care organizations.
Dr. David Shulkin, the Obama administration's nominee for Veterans Affairs undersecretary for health, was approved last week by a voice vote of the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee. His nomination now goes before the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
Dr. Regina Benjamin, 59, has become a board member for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.
Nationwide, 51 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and the National Rural Health Association has identified 283 more that are in danger of going under. Some facilities may shift to providing emergency and outpatient care only, and link with regional hospitals for a broader range of services.
Hayley Hovious has been named president of the Nashville Healthcare Council, a group that represents the region's influential for-profit healthcare industry. She begins her role June 1.
A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association.
Modern Healthcare spoke with Dr. Dan Rahn about how Medicaid expansion has affected his center, the uncertain political prospects for preserving the expansion, and how his state is working to increase the number of primary-care physicians.
Mary Wakefield, 60, will be acting deputy HHS secretary. Wakefield will replace Bill Corr in April.
Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, and rates are nearly twice as high for young adults in rural communities than in urban areas, a new study found.
A law that allows rural hospitals to bill Medicare for rehabilitation services for seniors at higher rates than nursing homes and other facilities has led to billions of dollars in extra government spending, federal investigators say.
On his sixth day as the interim CEO of Winston Medical Center, Paul Black was crouched behind a wall in the emergency department, bracing for the impact of a tornado that was barreling toward his hospital campus on the afternoon of April 28, 2014.