The National Rural Health Association criticized President Bush's proposed cuts to rural programs and Medicaid and called on Congress to institute pilot programs for improving healthcare in rural areas. Alan Morgan, the NRHA's interim director, said that rural health systems have a better chance than larger organizations to improve quality of care quickly. "In all organizations change is difficult, but especially in larger organizations. In smaller organizations it's easier, so we're pushing rural healthcare quality demonstration programs in Congress," Morgan said. -- by the Associated Press
Group hopes rural hospitals can lead quality improvement
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