The CMS' Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program is the policy vanguard of the transition from process to outcome measures for hospital reporting and payment.
Some believe a federal appeals court decision over hospital classifications could lead to millions of dollars in savings for hospitals across the country. The court Thursday invalidated a Medicare regulation that says certain hospitals can't be classified as both rural and urban.
Rural hospital associations are waiting to see movement on several bills that would further their cause.
Wisconsin is known for its dairy farms and rolling hills. But some healthcare experts call it a trailblazer.
Rural providers should be required to participate in federal pay-for-performance programs, but the measurements should reflect rural patient volume, patient demographics and practice size, according to an analysis requested by HHS.
Marty Fattig, CEO of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Neb., discusses rural hospitals' challenges in recruiting staff, the problems created by Nebraska's refusal so far to expand Medicaid to low-income adults and how he motivates his employees.
Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton, Miss., will close Dec. 1 after losing a key federal funding status, becoming the fourth Mississippi hospital to close since 2013.
As public health officials continue to make connections between health and societal factors, there's mounting evidence that diseases once considered exotic are taking root in the poorest areas of the U.S.
Critical-access hospitals' ongoing financial woes are being compounded by Medicare cuts imposed by sequestration and the failure of most rural states to expand Medicaid, and there's little prospect of legislative or regulatory relief in sight.
Despite the outcry on Capitol Hill over rural hospital closings, the number of critical-access hospitals in the U.S. grew slightly in the past year, according to Modern Healthcare magazine's annual review of CMS data.
The political fight over the funding of Planned Parenthood could be felt in rural Scott County, Ind., where this year there was a rush to get HIV tests after 180 people tested positive. But there was no place to get testing services.
Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that would require hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are under observation care in a hospital but have not been admitted. Some observers, however, say the measure doesn't address the...