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News by Topic: Emergency department and urgent care services

When the Lone Doctor Is Out, Telemedicine Keeps This ER Running
Jul 18, 2018 - Highlights how one rural Texas community uses telemedicine to help provide emergency care when their single community doctor isn't working. This arrangement allows the hospital to be licensed as a trauma facility and means that community members as well as motorists passing through can have access to emergency care twenty four hours a day.
Source: Houston Chronicle
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A Conversation with Scott Daniels
Jun 19, 2018 - Radio interview with Scott Daniels, Ph.D., Performance Improvement Coordinator at the State of Hawaii Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. Discussion includes rural health in Hawaii, the difficulty of attracting providers to the state, especially to the most rural and remote areas, the emphasis on culturally-competent care, and a leadership development program being implemented among Critical Access Hospitals in the state, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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ER Staffing Split Along Urban-Rural Divide
Jun 18, 2018 - New research shows that the shortage of emergency physicians in rural areas is severe and the reasons behind it range from job location choice to budgetary and strategic factors.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
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The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Has Succeeded for Beneficiaries and the Medicare Program
Jun 15, 2018 - Blog post from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on the chapter in their June 15th report to the Congress that assessed the effects of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). Congress mandated MedPAC to study whether reductions in readmission rates under the HRRP caused increased utilization of outpatient and emergency services.
Source: The MedPAC Blog
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