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Freestanding Emergency Departments: An Alternative Model for Rural Communities

OSF Center for Health - Streator campus


First conceptualized in the 1970s, but not widely adopted in rural communities, freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) have been getting another look as a sustainable rural option. This article discusses hospital-based versus independent FSEDs, the model’s financial viability, and highlights two FSEDs meeting their communities’ healthcare needs in Arizona and Illinois.

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November 30, 2016

An Enormous Force for Good in Rural America

Thomas Hoyer


Thomas Hoyer, a retired senior executive for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), reflects on what the Medicare and Medicaid programs mean to rural America on the 50th anniversary of these programs.

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July 30, 2015

Sustainability of Local Healthcare Services

Keith Mueller


Keith Mueller, Director of the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, reflects on what the Medicare and Medicaid programs mean to local healthcare access for rural people, on the 50th anniversary of these programs.

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July 30, 2015

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

The Limits of Medical Care

We need new approaches to keeping people healthy, instead of trying to heal them after they get sick.

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November 18, 2013