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CMS selects hospitals for rural health demonstration

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 04, 2016

The CMS has announced rural hospitals that will participate in a new demonstration known as the Frontier Community Health Integration Project. Hospitals involved in the demonstration will receive additional Medicare reimbursement for new services that make getting healthcare more convenient.

New York-Presbyterian starts offering virtual ER visits

By Erica Teichert  |  July 27, 2016

New York-Presbyterian has created a platform to provide a variety of telehealth services, including urgent care to patients across its network and across the country. Patients will also be able to pay an $800 one-time fee to receive a second opinion from a New York-Presbyterian physician.

Franken introduces bill to boost discounts for rural healthcare IT

Franken introduces bill to boost discounts for rural healthcare IT

By Joseph Conn  |  July 18, 2016

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has introduced a bill to help cut the operating costs of health IT in rural areas. The legislation would create a group tasked with offering financial and technical assistance to rural hospitals and physicians and advice on how to increase internet access in rural areas.

Top 10 Best Practices chosen by Modern Healthcare readers

Top 10 Best Practices chosen by Modern Healthcare readers

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  July 09, 2016

We asked readers to select up to three out of 25 topics covered in the Best Practices feature since it was launched in 2013. The top 10 vote-getters include using scribes to aid physicians, payers publishing the cost of services and ways to smooth the discharge process.

Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  July 09, 2016

Hospitals are concluding they have to work very closely with healthcare providers, community organizations, families and patients themselves if they're going to keep people out of hospital beds—the new mandate under Medicare and fast-growing models of value-based payment.

Nebraska looking at ways to encourage telehealth services

By Associated Press  |  July 03, 2016

Nebraska lawmakers are once again looking for ways to expand so-called telehealth services throughout the state to address a shortage of specialized health care providers and an aging rural population.

Walgreens aims to promote greater mental health awareness

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 10, 2016

Drugstore giant Walgreens Boots Alliance has taken another step in its effort to be viewed as a healthcare provider alternative. Walgreens is collaborating with the behavioral health advocacy group Mental Health America to provide mental health screening to as many as 3 million people through 2017.

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