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Which Patient Care Barriers Impact Rural Hospital Mortality Rates?

November 28, 2017 - 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 Michigan. Patient care barriers and other social determinants of health need further investigation, the researchers said. One in five Americans live in rural...


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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 the...

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 Communities,...

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, AHA recently...

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, presented at...

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 published...

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 resources...

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 from...

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 classification...

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 their...

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 Tester...

Bill Targets Patient Access to Pharmacy Care in Rural Areas

by Sara Heath

Pharmacy trade groups are praising the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (HR-592), which aims to improve patient access to pharmacy care by recognizing pharmacists as providers under Medicare Part B. The bill, originally...

AHA Develops Strategies to Enhance Rural Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry embraces patient-centered healthcare, organizations must work to ensure healthcare access to vulnerable communities, such as rural or urban regions. So says the American Hospital Association in a recent report. According...

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