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Jul 17, 2019 - Rural health workforce shortages and financial challenges have forced rural hospitals to get creative. In southern Illinois, hospitals share surgeons and hired more advanced practice nurses to help with staffing shortages. Aledo's hospital decided to partner with a large health system, which has helped them with insurance collections.
Jul 14, 2019 - McKendree University has partnered with the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network and other southern Illinois public health agencies to reduce health disparities in rural areas by increasing access to services that help prevent and manage chronic diseases. This includes promoting a food pantry capacity-building program.
Source: The Southern Illinoisan
Jul 11, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration presented 2019 Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project Awards to 10 states having the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement in Critical Access Hospitals in the past year.
Source: Heath Resources and Services Administration
Jul 8, 2019 - The Critical Access Care Pharmacy Program is a new Illinois state initiative giving a total of $4.7 million in payments to more than 70 independent pharmacies in rural and medically underserved areas. Over 150 Illinois pharmacies have closed in the past 3 years.
Source: NewsChannel 20
Last Updated: 7/18/2019