Author: bdorn

NIH Study Highlights Impacts of ED Openings and Closures for Heart Attack Patients A new study funded by the National Institutes of Health shows the impacts of rural hospitals opening and closing, decreasing and increasing travel time, respectively. The study found that when a new emergency department opens within 30 minutes...

Nevada Regional Medical Center, which serves much of the area between Joplin and Kansas City, was slated to close before voters chose to increase their taxes in order to save the hospital. The increase is projected to raise 800,000 dollars per year, enough to pay off the hospital’s debts. The...

“Maternal health is a growing concern,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said at a Kaiser Family Foundation event on June 12, 2019. CMS will be focusing on different ways to improve maternal health in rural areas, including expanding Medicare access to telehealth services and promoting policies to help prevent rural hospital...

In a bipartisan op-ed piece this week in The Hill it was revealed that in a joint poll from the American Heart Association, that over 90% of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, consider access to rural health an important issue. For the full op-ed piece click here....

Rural Hospitals gain a win in Louisiana thanks to a bill Louisiana lawmakers have submitted prohibiting the creation of most new freestanding emergency rooms. The main consideration in the ban is that no freestanding ER can be created in the primary service area of rural hospital. A 33-1 Senate vote...

On May 20, CAH executives met with CMS Administrator Seema Verma to discuss our Regulatory Relief Initiative. On May 21, we met with Senate Finance Committee staff to raise issues reforms needed for CAHs to continue to provide the highest quality of care to our rural patients. The Coalition was...

Inside the October 2017 issue of The Pulse, learn more about the future of federal health policy, and innovative ways that rural hospitals are fulfilling the needs of their communities while addressing serious budget concerns. Also hear from Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) on his efforts to help rural hospitals.   ...