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Bill would give Virginia nurse practitioners more autonomy

Bill would give Virginia nurse practitioners more autonomy

By Associated Press  |  April 03, 2018

A measure passed by Virginia's General Assembly would allow most types of nurse practitioners with five years of full-time clinical experience to earn approval to practice without maintaining a contract with a physician who oversees them.

House passes stopgap measure; Senate works on changes

House passes stopgap measure; Senate works on changes

By Susannah Luthi  |  February 06, 2018

One step down, but some big ones to go. The Senate closes in on a deal that could include funding for disaster relief and to combat the opioid epidemic. But the clock ticks toward a Thursday midnight funding deadline.

Verma's promise to rural providers: You come first

Verma's promise to rural providers: You come first

By Susannah Luthi  |  February 06, 2018

In an address to rural healthcare stakeholders, CMS Administrator Seema Verma promised more telehealth expansion, more information for patients and a "rural first" lens to policy.

Report: Hospitals not always best fit for rural communities

Report: Hospitals not always best fit for rural communities

By Tara Bannow  |  January 17, 2018

A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Center for Outcomes Research and Education finds that many stakeholders in seven rural states believe rural communities should transform their critical-access hospitals into hybrid clinics that provide primary care and emergency services.

Data Points: Rural Hospitals at Risk

Data Points: Rural Hospitals at Risk

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 02, 2017

Rural hospitals continue to face fairly dire financial times. The National Rural Health Association last year suggested that more than 670 rural hospitals were at risk of closing. Since 2010, when three rural hospitals shuttered, the annual pace of closures has more than doubled.

Congress far from Medicare extender deal

Congress far from Medicare extender deal

By Susannah Luthi  |  November 22, 2017

Rural hospitals are worried Congress' delay in funding now-expired Medicare extenders will throw them into more financial instability as the providers face a continuing crisis of closures.

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