By Charlotte Huff – Five months ago, the 6,500 residents of Crockett, TX, witnessed a bit of a resurrection — at least in rural hospital terms. A little more than a year after the local hospital shut its doors, the 25-bed facility reopened its emergency department, inpatient beds and some related services, albeit on a smaller scale.
By Steven Findlay – As lawmakers faced another deadline recently for passing legislation to keep the federal government open, one of the outstanding issues is long-term funding for a key health care safety-net program.
A pioneering group of rural physicians and hospital administrators came together in 2013 to begin the journey toward managing rural population health. Through innovation and collaboration, they sought to transform today’s rural healthcare delivery system into a world-class primary care system.
By Dr. Patrick Conway – While we have accomplished a lot to make sure Americans have access to good, quality health care, continuing to reform our health care system by increasing quality and lowering costs will need everybody to be a part of the effort.
By Karen B. DeSalvo & Brandon McBride – In late 2011, the President announced a White House Rural Council initiative lead by the HHS and USDA to invest in rural health and link rural doctors and hospitals to financing for health IT. The initiative was designed to address the need for financing to support the adoption of health IT systems in rural communities.
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