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North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville, Missouri, was profiled by CNN in acknowledgment of the great success of their hospital. Once facing serious financial hardship, Ruleville has greatly expanded and now serves as a key economic center and provides critical, life-saving care to surrounding rural communities.   ...

President Donald Trump asked Senate HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to work with his Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) on a short-term health bill. This week, it was announced that the HELP Committee leaders struck a deal and would be releasing the text of a bipartisan bill. Though the President...

All 13 members of the Virginia Congressional delegation sent a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin over concerns about the level of VA’s late payments to hospitals participating in the VA Choice Program. The VA Choice Program was created in 2014 to better enable veterans to seek care in their communities if they...

Providers in Presque Isle, ME, spoke with WAGM about the decrease in debt they have seen since the enaction of the Affordable Care Act. With the current conversations around repeal and replace of the affordable care act, cuts to Medicaid could reverse the progress smaller, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals...

  The National Rural Health Resource Center published a guide to help critical access hospitals and rural health clinics develop a Sliding Fee Scale Discount Program. The guide is also supposed to help CAHs and RHCs understand how the sliding fee scale discount programs “relate to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(...

The Hartford Courant reports that those living in rural connecticut face the most difficulty with transportation to adequate health care. Per National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data, "Connecticut’s rural residents die at higher rates than their city and suburban counterparts and a large percentage of those deaths may be...

  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced they are delaying updates to the Hospital Quality Star Program. Updates were set to be released in October, but CMS has decided to continue examining the program. Rural hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals have been disproportionately disadvantaged by the Quality Star Program,...

The Huffington Post details the residual effects of hospital closures on rural communities in Georgia and analyzes the vulnerability of hospitals throughout all of the United States. Since 2010, 82 rural hospitals have closed, 28 of which are Critical Access Hospitals. Rural hospital closures have been concentrated in the South, in...

Grantmakers in Aging, GIA, published a report on the impacts of the opioid crisis on older adults in rural communities. The report found that though the older adults may not be suffering themselves from opioid addiction, they may suffer from a lack of resources due to the diverted attention towards...