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Using Urgent Care Centers to Support Rural Patient Care Access
Nov 7, 2017 - Highlights a strategy put forth in the recent Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services guidebook released by the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities. This strategy involves using urgent care centers (UCC), which are less expensive than emergency departments to maintain, as a way to serve the needs of rural and underserved communities more cost-effectively. Also links to an AHA toolkit designed to help communities determine if this strategy would work for them.
Source: Patient Engagement HIT
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Avera e-CARE's Telehealth Services Work to Preserve Healthy Rural Hospitals, Communities
Oct 30, 2017 - Highlights Avera Health's telehealth service in South Dakota. Created 25 years ago to reduce burnout in physicians in the rural regions it was serving, the program provided peer support across five Midwest states. Now serving providers in 15 states, this system allows for quick pharmacy, emergency, and other specialty care from specialists and keeps patients in their own communities.
Source: AHA News
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