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New fed loans to promote rural ACOs
By Melanie Evans | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Obama administration plans to offer infrastructure loans to small and rural healthcare providers to participate in Medicare's program for accountable care organizations.
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CMS loan program offers rural providers entry to accountable care
By Melanie Evans | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration plans to offer upfront cash to help small and rural healthcare providers build the infrastructure they need to succeed in Medicare's program for accountable care organizations.
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Rural hospital patients face higher out-of-pocket costs for outpatient services
By Bob Herman | October 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare patients who receive routine outpatient care such as IV bags and heart tests pay considerably more out of their own pockets at critical-access hospitals than at other general acute-care hospitals, according to a report released Wednesday from HHS' Office of the Inspector General. For some...
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More critical-access hospital closings likely
Michael Sandler | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Amid ongoing federal scrutiny of the extra funding paid small hospitals to serve remote areas, the number of critical-access hospitals in the U.S. continued to fall over the past year, according to Modern Healthcare magazine's annual review of CMS data published in this week's By the Numbers list.
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When the tiny hospital can't survive: Free-standing EDs with primary care seen as new rural model
Bob Herman | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Free-standing emergency departments have the potential to give rural populations access to care in areas where hospitals close. But many experts say that approach needs to be part of a broader solution that mixes emergency care with beefed-up primary and preventive care.
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Critical-access hospitals by state: 2014
September 27, 2014
A list of critical-access hospitals by state, ranked by the number of CAHs as of Sept. 19, 2014. Source: Flex Monitoring Team. Published Sept. 29, 2014, p. 30.
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Rural health clinics could be getting overpaid, report cautions
Virgil Dickson | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hundreds of rural health clinics may have been overpaid millions of dollars, according to a recently released report from HHS' Office of Inspector General. Of the 3,521 RHCs OIG examined in its report, 434, or 12%, no longer meet one or both of the qualifications to maintain the designation.
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House passes bill to delay rural hospital supervision requirements
Bob Herman | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The House passed a bill that would delay the enforcement of physician supervision requirements that many providers argue is burdensome and costly. The Senate already passed a similar measure.
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Eastern Niagara Health closing rural hospital in Newfane, N.Y.
Beth Kutscher | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
On Aug. 29, Eastern Niagara Health System will end inpatient services at its 71-bed hospital in Newfane, N.Y., the first hospital in New York to close this year. Ten rural hospitals already have shut their doors this year, according to the National Rural Health Association.
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Reform Update: Hospitals see more paying patients, but there's a hitch
Beth Kutscher | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurance expansion under healthcare reform is starting to yield patient volume for hospitals, but the costs of staffing up for more patients are eclipsing the additional revenue.
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