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.
Community Health Systems' admissions—and therefore earnings—have lagged behind some of its urban-focused peers such as HCA. The Franklin, Tenn.-based chain, the largest in the country by hospital count, plans to focus on midsize urban markets after the divestiture.
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...
Medicare should not allow special payment adjustments for low-volume rural hospitals that aren't the sole providers in their communities, MedPAC Executive Director Mark Miller testified before a House panel Wednesday.
The CMS is making it easier for rural healthcare providers and small physician groups to participate in Medicare accountable care organizations.
Dr. David Shulkin, the Obama administration's nominee for Veterans Affairs undersecretary for health, was approved last week by a voice vote of the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee. His nomination now goes before the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
Dr. Regina Benjamin, 59, has become a board member for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.
Nationwide, 51 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and the National Rural Health Association has identified 283 more that are in danger of going under. Some facilities may shift to providing emergency and outpatient care only, and link with regional hospitals for a broader range of services.
Hayley Hovious has been named president of the Nashville Healthcare Council, a group that represents the region's influential for-profit healthcare industry. She begins her role June 1.
Modern Healthcare spoke with Dr. Dan Rahn about how Medicaid expansion has affected his center, the uncertain political prospects for preserving the expansion, and how his state is working to increase the number of primary-care physicians.