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Do Hospital Closures Impact Rural Patient Access to Care?

October 3, 2018 - Rural regions are experiencing hospital closures at a disproportionate rate, putting patient access to care at risk, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Between 2013 and 2017, 64 of the 2,400 rural-designated hospitals closed. That is more than twice the number of hospital closures that occurred in the previous five-year period, GAO found. That is also...


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How Can Health Pros Measure Rural Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

A new report from the National Quality Forum Measure Applications Partnership underscores the importance of quality measures targeted specifically at rural health and patient access to care. The report focuses on the matters that are most...

AMA: Visas Key to Closing Physician Shortage, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The AMA is calling on US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work through its backlog of H-1B Visas to allow non-resident physicians to practice in the country. Non-resident physicians play a significant role in closing...

Mission Health Promises Millions in Community, Rural Health Funds

by Sara Heath

Mission Health has committed to donating parts of its proceeds from a proposed healthcare acquisition to community health services that address the social determinants of health in rural areas. The North Carolina-based health system...

Patient Care Access Suffers Under IHS Clinician Shortage Problems

by Sara Heath

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is suffering from a clinician shortage, managing a 25 percent provider vacancy rate across all IHS territories, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Clinician...

How Clinical Decision Support Drives Care Access in Rural Areas

by Sara Heath

With healthcare policies prioritizing better patient wellness and value-based care, healthcare organizations are working to drive patient care access. But with care access leaving something to be desired in rural areas, medical...

CMS Launches Rural Health Strategy for Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a first-of-its-kind new strategy to support patient access to care in rural regions. Currently, one in five patients live in a rural area, which are typically characterized by limited access to quality healthcare....

Telehealth Closes Patient Care Access Gaps in Rural Mississippi

by Sara Heath

Across the country, telehealth technology is helping to close care gaps in areas where healthcare consumers otherwise would face considerable patient care access challenges. Especially in rural regions, telehealth has allowed patients to...

Rural Areas Still Face Clinician Shortage, Patient Care Access Snags

by Sara Heath

Clinician shortage continues to be a problem in rural areas, according to a recent report focusing on shortage issues in Nebraska. The problem of having too few clinicians is hindering patient care access in rural regions, the report...

Which Patient Care Barriers Impact Rural Hospital Mortality Rates?

by Sara Heath

Patients receiving care in rural areas experience higher hospital mortality rates than those in urban areas, but the reasons for the care quality disparities are still unclear, according to a group of researchers from the University of...

How Emergency Medical Centers Create Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Congress and state governments should relax regulations that would allow more hospitals to transition to emergency medical centers (EMCs), helping to meet patient care access demand while cutting inpatient costs, according to a guide from...

How to Support Patient Access to Care in Frontier Communities

by Sara Heath

Healthcare policymakers should consider a new payment strategy to help support patient access to care in frontier communities, said AHA in a new guidebook on the topic. Published by the AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable...

Using Urgent Care Centers to Support Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Urgent care centers are effective for overcoming patient care access issues in medically underserved areas, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). As a part of its Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,...

Partnerships with Hospitals, Clinics Up Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

 Sharing clinicians between larger academic medical centers and rural health centers is a cost-effective method for improving rural patient care access in medically underserved areas, according to new research. The research,...

Strategy Joins ED, PCPs to Drive Rural Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Strong partnership and care coordination between primary care providers and emergency departments could improve population health and patient access to care in rural regions, according to a trio of researchers. The proposed care model was...

How to Develop Community Health, Patient Outreach Efforts

by Sara Heath

The AHA has published a toolkit to help drive community health and improve patient outreach efforts in rural regions and vulnerable urban communities. As healthcare becomes increasingly value-based, hospitals are working to use their...

Medical Resident Shortage Hinders Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Medical residents beginning their careers are unevenly concentrated in the Northeast and urban regions of the United States, potentially exacerbating clinician shortages and hindering rural patient care access, according to an assessment...

AHA Lauds Bill for Patient Access to Rural Emergency Hospitals

by Sara Heath

Bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to rural emergency hospitals has been introduced to Congress, according to multiple sources. The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act would create a new rural emergency hospital...

AHA: Realign Inpatient, Outpatient Services to Patient Needs

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to better align inpatient and outpatient healthcare services to meet patient needs. The one-page resource highlights the challenges healthcare organizations face in balancing...

Senators Urge Sec. Price to Improve Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

On the tails of HHS Secretary Tom Price’s confirmation, a group of senators have sent him a letter urging him to advocate for better patient care access in rural areas. The group of 41 senators, led by Roger Wicker (R-Miss), Jon...

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