Senators: Rural Hospitals Hobbled by Digital Divide
"I get two sides of the story. I talk with the people in Topeka and they say everything is going as best as it possibly can. But I get a lot of calls from providers saying this is the proverbial wet horse blanket. My suggestion would be [to] take this show on the road. I would recommend Hayes, KS or Dodge City, KS. That is my hometown. I'm not sure I would recommend wearing a bow tie in Dodge City. But if you could go out and sort of take this digital show on the road that would be helpful. Or maybe have these folks come in because I know you are extremely busy."
That sentiment was shared by Committee Chairman Max Baucus, (D-MT), who urged Mostashari to "get out… of your offices and out to rural America. See it. Smell it and taste it, and know what it is. It is one thing to conceptualize it. It is something else to experience it."
"I mention you, Dr. Mostashari. I don't know why. I sense you are a Philadelphia guy, an eastern guy, a big city guy. There is a huge difference. Eighty percent of life is just showing up, just getting out there, being there, seeing it. Get out from behind your desk. It is well worth it. You're going to make fewer mistakes with respect to rural providers if you get out and see it."
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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