Hospitals are increasingly involving nurses in facility design, consulting on everything from the size of patient rooms to the art that hangs on the walls. This not only helps improve patient care; it can also improve staff morale and employee satisfaction.
It's critical for rural communities and organizations to develop their own medical talent. Florida, Missouri, Kansas, and South Dakota are among the latest to train rural providers where they'll be practicing.
Despite losing his two medical offices in a tornado, Keith Morrow, D.O., continues to provide healthcare to shell-shocked survivors in the Alabama community where he's been practicing medicine for 25 years.
Proposed federal legislation would be a victory for rural health clinics, allowing them to be eligible for incentive payments for meaningful use, e-prescribing, and the physician quality reporting initiative.