Data Points for the week of Aug. 15, 2016, covered the following topics: The CMS' new star ratings for overall quality of hospitals
The CMS has announced rural hospitals that will participate in a new demonstration known as the Frontier Community Health Integration Project. Hospitals involved in the demonstration will receive additional Medicare reimbursement for new services that make getting healthcare more convenient.
Dr. Joe Schlecht isn't afraid of MACRA, although he knows the design of the new Medicare payment system will be challenging for small practices like his. “Most primary-care physicians are still practicing like they did 10 years ago. They don't even know how to spell MACRA,” he said.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has introduced a bill to help cut the operating costs of health IT in rural areas. The legislation would create a group tasked with offering financial and technical assistance to rural hospitals and physicians and advice on how to increase internet access in rural areas.
Michael Williams, 62, is retiring as the founding CEO of Community Hospital Corp., an organization that owns, manages or consults with nearly 30 hospitals in the U.S., most of which are rural.
Last week, employees and patients of the Lana'i Community Health Center blessed a new 6,800-square-foot facility.
Federally qualified health centers that serve mostly poor and low-income families in distressed or rural communities have always had a tough time recruiting physicians. And now, it's getting even harder.
Like a number of other health insurers, Premera Blue Cross is cutting back its participation in the Obamacare exchange market. What's notable is that the insurer is partly blaming rural healthcare providers' excessive rates for its pullback. But hospital leaders are pushing back.
Data Points for the week of June 6, 2016, covered the following topics: Rural healthcare, EMS services in rural areas, VA services in rural areas, and healthcare access in rural areas.
The government-run, 49-bed facility in Morehouse Parish has turned to Community Hospital Corp., which specializes in helping troubled rural hospitals, after talks with for-profit Iaisis Healthcare broke down.
Thank you for the April 25 cover story “Breaking the system,” drawing attention to how state budget battles are preventing numerous citizens from accessing services that are integral to their health and well-being. We've noticed the same trend in instances where healthcare overlaps with...
“Physician practices need more than just an EHR, they need an infrastructure that will allow them to analyze data and use it to improve.” (“Doctors argue for more flexibility on MACRA changes”). Amen!