The COVID-19 crisis is forcing layoffs at rural hospitals at a time when clinics need more help caring for coronavirus patients. Will the system respond in time?Read More...
Reopening closed rural hospitals could be faster and more efficient than building temporary hospitals, says a rural healthcare advocate. But the cancellation of normal hospital services is straining the financial resources of rural…
A pilot program begun in 2010 has expanded to all 50 states.
States that did not expand Medicaid tend to have a greater percentage of rural hospitals that are performing poorly, according to a study by a healthcare consulting firm.
The aging of the baby boomer generation is creating unprecedented demand for healthcare in both urban and rural areas.
To help recruit doctors to underserved areas, some institutions use a variety of financial incentives, including higher pay, student loan forgiveness, relocation compensation, and signing bonuses.
Rural healthcare workers are generally prepared to deal with viral epidemics, leaders in the field say. But a surge in patients and inundation by the “worried well” are among some concerns about the potential impact of the coronavirus.
States are using federal funding to treat addiction medically, provide life-saving medication to combat overdoses, and build treatment facilities. But more funding needs to go into getting rural residents to those services, some say.
The Veterans Administration is still on shaky ground with medical appointment wait times. Officials say new telehealth facilities will help improve veterans’ access to healthcare.