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.
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.
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.