Good is rarely good enough, and opportunities for improvement are never lacking. Those are the philosophies that drive Melissa Fraser, board chair of West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyo. “We're always striving to be in a better place,” said Fraser, who since 2004 has been on a mission to...
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.
Telehealth, which has been around for four decades, lives in regulatory limbo, despite being one of the more promising technologies for improving patient outcomes and lowering costs.
Around the country, a number of graduate medical education programs are training young doctors in community-based medicine, in the hope that they'll either stay where they are trained or relocate to other underserved communities.
The Obama administration plans to offer infrastructure loans to small and rural healthcare providers to participate in Medicare's program for accountable care organizations.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.