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Rural hospitals get billions in extra Medicare funds

By Associated Press  |  March 09, 2015

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.

Excellence in Governance for small providers: Melissa Fraser of West Park Hospital

Excellence in Governance for small providers: Melissa Fraser of West Park Hospital

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 14, 2015

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...

National action needed to advance telemedicine

National action needed to advance telemedicine

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 17, 2015

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.

Growing community-based doctors

Growing community-based doctors

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 22, 2014

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.

New fed loans to promote rural ACOs

By Melanie Evans  |  October 18, 2014

The Obama administration plans to offer infrastructure loans to small and rural healthcare providers to participate in Medicare's program for accountable care organizations.

Rural hospital patients face higher out-of-pocket costs for outpatient services

By Bob Herman  |  October 08, 2014

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...

More critical-access hospital closings likely

By Michael Sandler  |  September 30, 2014

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.

Critical-access hospitals by state: 2014

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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