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Coming soon: Wounded Care

Coming soon: Wounded Care

November 22, 2016

Modern Healthcare went to Nebraska to talk to the people served by the Indian Health Service hospital that lost its certification and federal funding last year because of substandard care. Native Americans are losing confidence in the federal agency bound by treaties to care for them.

Only hospital in rural Texas community closes

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 22, 2016

The sole hospital in Wharton, Texas, just south of Houston, has closed. The Gulf Coast Medical Center is directing residents to either El Campo Memorial or OakBend Medical Center, which is more than a half-hour away.

Threat of ACA repeal fuels angst at hospitals

Threat of ACA repeal fuels angst at hospitals

By Bob Herman and Dave Barkholz  |  November 12, 2016

Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson watched the election results on TV at home and, like many Americans, was surprised by the results. Now he and other hospital and health system leaders are preparing to work with a Trump administration and congressional leaders committed to ending the ACA.

Rural hospitals often beat urban hospitals on quality

Rural hospitals often beat urban hospitals on quality

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 19, 2016

Rural hospitals as a group have done better at avoiding the spread of hospital-acquired conditions and have scored higher in Medicare's value-based purchasing program than their urban counterparts, according to a new HHS report.

Close smaller hospitals? Consider the consequences

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 08, 2016

Some areas do have more hospital capacity than needed today. How should that extra capacity be addressed? Closing a smaller hospital in a city can force patients into surviving large teaching hospitals, boosting the cost of care. Who benefits from that?

Building a lifeline for rural addicts

Building a lifeline for rural addicts

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  October 01, 2016

Medication-assisted treatment for opioid abusers is scarce in rural areas, but three projects aim to develop strategies to make it more accessible.

Let's set the record straight on quality at rural hospitals, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 01, 2016

“We already have too many small hospitals with low volume, poor outcomes and 'hobbyist' surgeons who do a handful of procedures per year,” said Jon Skinner, a professor of economics at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. “One thing we know is that low...

Barnyard dust holds clue to halting asthma

Barnyard dust holds clue to halting asthma

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 10, 2016

A New England Journal of Medicine study examined differences in asthma rates between two isolated farming communities in Indiana—the Amish and the Hutterite. It found the latter's airborne dust triggers more breathing issues among mice.

Data Points for Aug. 15, 2016

Data Points for Aug. 15, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 13, 2016

Data Points for the week of Aug. 15, 2016, covered the following topics: The CMS' new star ratings for overall quality of hospitals

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