Topics: Healthcare quality

For more information and resources, see RHIhub’s Rural Healthcare Quality topic guide.

Strategies for Superbugs: Antibiotic Stewardship for Rural Hospitals

Clostridium difficile bacterium


Resistant bacteria, or “superbugs,” are a cause of major medical illness and death. Government and accreditation agencies, as well as infectious disease experts, believe hospital antibiotic stewardship programs are the answer to blunting the impact and development of these germs. Despite limited resources, rural and Critical Access Hospitals are activating their stewardship programs.

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March 22, 2017

LGBTQ Healthcare: Building Inclusive Rural Practices


Like all rural residents, LGBTQ individuals need access to quality healthcare from an engaged provider. But sometimes, providers lack the specific training and cultural know-how to address the healthcare needs of LGBTQ patients. This article discusses the barriers rural LGBTQ people face and what providers can do to ensure quality care.

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May 4, 2016

Hospital Quality: Tough Issue!

Discusses whether quality measures and patients’ wishes may be at odds, and how that affects the perception of whether rural hospitals provide quality care.

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August 20, 2014

An Interview with Clint MacKinney, M.D.

Clint MacKinney, MD, MS


MacKinney, an emergency room doc, professor and RUPRI Health Panel member, discusses how health care can be transformed to a system of care that responds to patient and community needs.

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May 15, 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