There is a dire need for rural-focused general surgery tracks within residency programs, but it's not just a medical school problem. It's a problem for hospital leaders, too, and ties in with the financial viability of services provided at rural hospitals.
A new Texas law allows rural Texas hospitals to employ physicians, ending a longstanding ban. The legislation dismantles one of the state's hurdles to physician recruitment and retention in rural areas.
By deploying field clinics across a 2,000-square-mile swath of rough terrain, North Carolina-based Albemarle Health is providing care to uninsured residents and seasonal workers, and reducing the burden on its emergency department.
With hundreds of miles sometimes separating rural surgeons, an online community from the American College of Surgeons aims to connect them via interactive discussions on patient cases and online events and educational opportunities.
The American Hospital Association says critical access hospitals will lose significant revenue if reimbursements for provider taxes are disallowed under legislation backed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.