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Innovations in Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Areas: The Team-Based Model of Care

Innovations in Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Areas: The Team-Based Model of Care

Posted on September 10, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the healthcare industry toward more innovative ways of providing patient care. Telehealth, for instance, has seen strong adoption rates in recent months, thanks in part to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ investment in telehealth services as part of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations (CARES) Act.

5 Ways a Hospital Can Help—or Hinder—the Interim Selection Process

5 Ways a Hospital Can Help—or Hinder—the Interim Selection Process

Posted on August 31, 2020

A “right fit” interim often is offered the permanent position—but rarely do they take it. Mike Lieb, vice president, interim services, for HealthTechS3, estimates fewer than 5% of interim leaders choose to stay in their roles: “Most of these leaders enjoy the flexibility of interim work.”

Navigating Challenges During Times of Change—One Rural Hospital’s Perspective

Navigating Challenges During Times of Change—One Rural Hospital’s Perspective

Posted on August 27, 2020

When the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to elective surgeries everywhere, Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis, Wyoming, saw a 60% reduction in revenue in the first two months alone.

Stepping Up and Stepping In: Defining the Board’s Role in a Crisis

Stepping Up and Stepping In: Defining the Board’s Role in a Crisis

Posted on August 19, 2020

No hospital is immune to the strains caused by the global pandemic, but nowhere has the impact been felt more deeply than in rural communities. A lack of resources and already slim operating margins have been compounded by the cancelation of elective procedures, which traditionally were seen as a lifeline for rural and community access hospitals.

Principal Care Management: Care Coordination for Specialty Practices

Principal Care Management: Care Coordination for Specialty Practices

Posted on August 13, 2020

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Chronic Care Management (CCM) program in 2015, it was targeted to primary care practices, but the final rule didn’t exclude specialty practices from participating.

The Benefits of Effective Communication

The Benefits of Effective Communication

Posted on July 29, 2020

While it’s no secret that effective communication is essential for healthcare teams to provide high-quality care to patients, it’s also the backbone of an efficient hospital management team.

Rural Communities Improving Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Rural Communities Improving Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Posted on July 22, 2020

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on opioid misuse in America are encouraging. In 2018, the drug overdose death rate was lower in 14 states than in 2017. Four of those states—Kentucky, West Virginia, Maine and Iowa—are predominantly rural, meaning more than 50% of their residents live in rural areas.

As COVID-19 Cases Increase, Challenges Mount for Rural Healthcare Providers

As COVID-19 Cases Increase, Challenges Mount for Rural Healthcare Providers

Posted on July 14, 2020

Rural hospitals have no shortage of problems that present a drag on their bottom lines: low patient volumes, provider shortages, regulatory burdens, high prescription drug costs.

Community Health Needs Assessment—So Much More Than a Regulatory Requirement

Community Health Needs Assessment—So Much More Than a Regulatory Requirement

Posted on July 07, 2020

Every three years nonprofit hospitals and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are required to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA).

How COVID-19 Will Affect Rural Hospitals’ Revenue Cycle Management

How COVID-19 Will Affect Rural Hospitals’ Revenue Cycle Management

Posted on July 02, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been a drag on the bottom lines of many rural hospitals, despite the fact that the disease has yet to fully infiltrate many rural areas. One of the reasons for this is the sharp decline in patient volumes. At least 15 rural hospitals have closed their doors so far in 2020, with many citing declines in patient volumes as a reason.