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News by Topic: Emergency department and urgent care services

Jun 14, 2021 - Blog post discusses rural hospital closures and challenges that rural hospitals face staffing emergency departments (ED), including additional challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Author proposes a "fire department" model in rural locations that would create a staffing plan for the ED independent of patient volume and facility designation status, paid for by funding from tax revenue or an all-payer global budget model. (May require free registration to view full article.)
Source: Health Affairs
May 28, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is extending the comment period for the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). NAMCS provides information on the utilization of healthcare in the U.S. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
May 4, 2021 - Describes challenges to receiving timely and appropriate stroke care for rural residents in Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta. Shares the story of a rural resident in Fentress County, Tennessee who suffered a stroke two months after the local hospital closed and she was flown over 100 miles away to a hospital that was able to provide advanced stroke care. Highlights the benefits of telestroke programs to improve stroke care in rural areas.
Source: Kaiser Health News