Topics: Medicare

Using Telehealth to Put Patients at the Center of Healthcare

Mario Gutierrez


Mario Gutierrez, MPH, Executive Director of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, discusses the important role telehealth plays for rural patients in delivering healthcare directly to their homes and communities.

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July 26, 2017

Telehealth Improvement Will Take Federal Movement and Provider Cohesion

Gary Capistrant


Gary Capistrant, MPA, Chief Policy Officer of the American Telemedicine Association, explains potential federal changes, the possibility of a national telehealth network, and collaboration between healthcare providers may be keys to telehealth’s success.

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July 26, 2017

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