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A Leader’s Guide to Telehealth Expansion

A Leader’s Guide to Telehealth Expansion

Posted on March 26, 2020

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expanded telemedicine access to Medicare beneficiaries in an effort to keep at-risk populations safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Recruiting Executives

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Recruiting Executives

Posted on March 18, 2020

In rural communities, a hospital board of directors plays a vitally important role, providing effective governance through responsibilities like strategic decision-making, overseeing the financial well-being of the organization, and ensuring the hospital is providing quality care.

Behavioral Health and Care Coordination—a Win-Win for Providers and Patients

Behavioral Health and Care Coordination—a Win-Win for Providers and Patients

Posted on March 11, 2020

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates nearly 44 million American adults experience mental illness in a given year. That’s one in eight Americans. That also means chances are good that your primary care practice currently has patients with behavioral health conditions.

The Role of Advanced Practice Providers in the Wake of Decreasing Access to Physicians

The Role of Advanced Practice Providers in the Wake of Decreasing Access to Physicians

Posted on March 04, 2020

No community is immune to the physician shortage and the strain they place on an already-stretched thin healthcare system. But perhaps nowhere is it felt more strongly than in rural communities, especially those positioned hours from the nearest metropolitan area. Unfortunately, the trend is unlikely to fade anytime soon, as the demand for primary care is expected to increase as the population ages.

5 Tips for Better Interim Placement

5 Tips for Better Interim Placement

Posted on March 03, 2020

Forget slow and steady. When it comes to interim placement, the more appropriate descriptor is fast and furious. “The placement of the right interim executive into an organization is somewhat like speed dating on steroids,” says Mike Lieb, vice president, interim services, for HealthTechS3. “The organization has immediate, specific needs, and the candidate pool is full of qualified executives.”

QAPI Is Coming to Critical-Access Hospitals—What You Need to Know Now

QAPI Is Coming to Critical-Access Hospitals—What You Need to Know Now

Posted on February 19, 2020

It’s been more than four years in the making, but starting next year—March 30, 2021, to be exact—critical access hospitals will be required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to meet new quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) requirements as a condition of their participation in Medicare.

Adolescents, Patient Portals and Privacy—What You Need to Know

Adolescents, Patient Portals and Privacy—What You Need to Know

Posted on February 12, 2020

The proliferation of patient portals may have stemmed from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Meaningful Use requirements, but their multitude of benefits, from increased patient engagement to optimized office workflows, is the real driving force behind this now-ubiquitous healthcare technology tool.

Back to the Basics: Prioritize Health Promotion for Care Coordination Success

Back to the Basics: Prioritize Health Promotion for Care Coordination Success

Posted on February 04, 2020

Health promotion is something we all learned in nursing school, but in the frenzied reality of today’s healthcare setting, the concept is an easy one to forget. How can you be proactive when you’re constantly being reactive?

New Discharge Planning Rules Put the Focus on Patients

New Discharge Planning Rules Put the Focus on Patients

Posted on January 28, 2020

A new discharge planning rule went into effect Nov. 29, 2019. While new regulations often have providers scrambling to prepare, this one shouldn’t be too heavy of a lift. That’s because a lot of the rule is about mandating what many rural hospitals and CAHs already do as part of their discharge planning process.

The Importance of Health Literacy in Rural and Critical Access Hospitals

The Importance of Health Literacy in Rural and Critical Access Hospitals

Posted on January 22, 2020

How well do your patients understand doctor’s orders, prescription labels and disease pamphlets? While various definitions exist, health literacy is widely considered to be the “degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”