Topics: Accountable Care Organizations

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Benefiting Rural Individuals, Benefiting Rural Population Health

McKenzie Health System pulmonary rehabilitation staff.


On the list of leading causes of death, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, impacts millions of rural Americans and their quality of life. Though limited treatments are available for COPD, research indicates that pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) provides major benefits, yet is currently under-prescribed and facing challenges from COVID-19 and from reimbursement policies. Researchers discuss the potential that tele-PR might bring to rural areas, and rural healthcare leaders highlight the benefits of their PR programs for service areas.

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June 30, 2021

Relationships and Partnerships: How ACOs Are Improving Treatments for Super-Utilizers

Patients and staff at Gritman Medical Center: Potlatch Family Care


Super-utilizers are those patients who are hospitalized multiple times each year and, due to circumstances outside their control, are unable to make the changes needed to keep them out of the ER. Three rural Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are working on reducing these readmissions and improving their super-utilizers’ health.

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May 30, 2018

An Interview with Terry Hill

Terry Hill


The Executive Director of the National Rural Health Resource Center talks about health reform challenges for hospitals, starting the Center, staying fit, and getting ready to step down as director.

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August 13, 2013

What I Saw in 2019

Myers visits the year 2019 and likes what he sees, especially the formation of regional health care systems.

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February 21, 2013

An Interview with Ira Moscovice, Ph.D.

Ira Moscovice


Moscovice, the director of the Univ. of Minn. Rural Health Research Center, discusses changes that health reform will bring to rural providers, including new payment structures and quality measures.

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May 17, 2012

An Interview with Charles Alfero

Charles Alfero


The CEO of Hidalgo Medical Services and director of the National Center for Frontier Communities discusses life and work in the New Mexico frontier.

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May 25, 2011