Topics: Reimbursement and payment models

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 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

Care Coordination Keeps Patients, Providers in the Loop

Community Care of NC care manager


Provides an update on three providers’ coordinated care services and the progress they’ve made since their stories were first published in the Rural Monitor. Includes programs in North Carolina, Idaho, and Missouri.

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February 21, 2013

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

What are the important events from 2002 to 2012 and what lies ahead in the next decade? Six people involved in rural health and human services weigh in.

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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

Change!

Health care reform will bring opportunities for economic growth and quality improvement to rural hospitals and providers.

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May 7, 2010