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Rural Hospitals News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Face Tough Decisions On Questionable Billing Schemes
Jul 3, 2018 - Details the controversy over a relatively new practice of buying rural hospitals and using them to bill insurance companies for lab tests performed offsite for patients who have never been to that hospital. While struggling rural hospitals may initially regard being purchased as a positive, especially when their revenue increases and debts begin to be paid off, the practice has come under scrutiny and there is concern that these rural hospitals will be held responsible for the actions of their new owners.
Source: NPR
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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Releases Report on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System
Jun 18, 2018 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its June 2018 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. Included in it is a recommendation to establish an outpatient-only hospital option for rural communities, thus allowing them to maintain access to emergency department services.
Source: MedPAC
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Global Hospital Budgets in Maryland: When Economics and Altruism Align
Jun 14, 2018 - Blog post highlighting Maryland's all-payer global budgeting system. Includes some early evaluations as well as anecdotal comments from hospital CEOs and officials made during a panel discussion at a day-long policy academy organized by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and co-sponsored by the Milbank Memorial Fund.
Source: Milbank Memorial Fund Blog: The View From Here
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Rethinking Rural Healthcare: How to Improve Healthcare in Rural Areas
Jun 11, 2018 - Modern Healthcare released an edition focused on rural healthcare, touching on topics like the opioid crisis, telehealth, the healthcare workforce, population health, the risk of rural hospital closures, and more, including highlighting efforts in specific states. (May require registration for full articles.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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Last Updated: 7/3/2018