With the help of the North Carolina Hospital Association and a grant from the Duke Endowment, five rural hospitals banded together to learn and apply lean management principles. A hands-on approach from the hospital CEO is vital, they found.
A federal initiative to boost jobs includes an expanded loan repayment program and access to capital loans programs for health IT. The addition of just one primary care physician in a rural community generates approximately $1.5 million...
Rural emergency departments tend to lag behind their urban counterparts when it comes to computerized provider order entry. But the problem goes beyond a simple lack of funding. These EDs need help selecting and implementing health information technology tools.
Participants in one rural health information exchange spend approximately 2% of their budget on health IT infrastructure compared to the national average of 3% or more, a report from the National eHealth Collaborative says.
As political power players in Washington continue to bicker and wrangle over the country's debt ceiling crisis, rural healthcare providers are up in arms over $16 billion in proposed cuts to rural hospitals and frontier America.
An Illinois medical group is spearheading an effort to correct a legislative oversight that could spell big trouble for the country's thousands of rural health clinics that bill the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.