North Mississippi Health Services' decision to form a clinically integrated network came with a dilemma. In its corner of Mississippi, nurse practitioners provide about 53% of patient's primary care. Most networks only include doctors, but that didn’t make sense...
Wyoming’s rural hospitals are warning lawmakers that the U.S. Senate’s proposed health care bill could force them to reduce services, operate on even smaller margins or close facilities altogether. There are fewer than 30 hospitals in Wyoming, and many are...
A state cap on non-economic damage awards in medical malpractice cases in Wisconsin has been ruled unconstitutional by a three judge panel. The First District Appellate Court found the state's $750,000 limit imposes an “unfair and illogical burden” on those who...
West Virginia community health centers are getting $19 million in federal grants from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The grants fill a critical gap in health care in southern West Virginia. “Every West Virginia community deserves quality healthcare facilities...
The Healthier Washington Rural Health Innovation Accelerator Committee (RHIAC) has released their rural health assessment, A New Vision for Rural Health in Washington. According to the report, residents in rural areas are more likely to be food insecure, become obese,...
Through the use of telemedicine and telestroke in rural care, the University of Virginia (UVA) reduced 30-day hospital readmission rates by 40 percent for patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, stroke, and joint...
Vermont has passed a bill to expand the use of telemedicine as part of improving access to health care for those living in rural parts of the state. The law increases communication between healthcare providers and patients, and provides clear parameters for...
Residents at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown can now begin to see their care providers without leaving the facility. The decision began late last year when the Office of Rural Health put out a grant request for IVH. The...
Middle Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College are joining forces to tackle the state's rural doctor shortage by creating a fast track from undergraduate to medical school. Students accepted into the special program would attend three years at MTSU, earn...
Better access to telemedicine oversight for chemotherapy infusions is available in Armour and Vermillion, South Dakota, and Worthington, Minnesota, through a grant awarded to Sanford Health. The Sanford Virtual Infusion Project is designed for oncology patients exclusively treated by Sanford...
The establishment of a freestanding emergency department after the loss of the hospitals in two South Carolina counties is being heralded as a way to provide health care to rural residents in the region. The Bamberg County Hospital closed its doors in April 2012, and...
More than 2 million Pennsylvanians, including 500,000 children, don't have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food. Those residents — who make up more than 15 percent of the state’s population — live in rural and urban lower-income areas with limited...
Pregnant women living in northern New Mexico have to cross over sixty miles to deliver their babies with a doctor or midwife. More than half of the physicians in the state are working in Bernalillo County. Barbara Webber from Health Action New Mexico said getting...
Reliance on nursing homes has declined across Oregon for decades as people turn to assisted living, residential care, and foster homes. In rural Oregon, however, nursing homes remain a key fixture in health care, providing what no other residential facility can —...