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Industry Trends Impacting Rural Nursing  Part 2

Industry Trends Impacting Rural Nursing Part 2

Posted on June 17, 2020

According to the United States Census Bureau, about 60 million people, or one in five Americans, live in rural America. In general, rural areas are sparsely populated, have low housing density, and are far from urban centers. While urban areas make up only 3 percent of the entire land area of the country, they are home to more than 80 percent of the population.

Transitional Care Management: Unlocking the Key to Better Outcomes (and HCAHPS Scores)

Transitional Care Management: Unlocking the Key to Better Outcomes (and HCAHPS Scores)

Posted on June 10, 2020

In 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced transitional care management (TCM) codes, a set of services designed to, as the name suggests, improve the care transition following a hospitalization. Since the program’s start, more than 5 million TCM claims have been filed, representing total reimbursement in 2018 of $243 million, according to a recently published JAMA article.

Interim Leaders: Filling the Gaps During Recovery and Beyond

Interim Leaders: Filling the Gaps During Recovery and Beyond

Posted on June 04, 2020

Every hospital board understands the role interim leaders play when an executive leaves the organization, whether suddenly or because of a planned departure. At a minimum, an interim keeps the seat warm as the hospital searches for its next permanent leader.

Industry Trends Impacting Rural Nursing  Part 1

Industry Trends Impacting Rural Nursing Part 1

Posted on May 28, 2020

According to the United States Census Bureau, about 60 million people, or one in five Americans, live in rural America. In general, rural areas are sparsely populated, have low housing density, and are far from urban centers.

Making the Connection: Annual Wellness Visits and Care Coordination

Making the Connection: Annual Wellness Visits and Care Coordination

Posted on May 20, 2020

Despite Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) being covered by Medicare since 2011, they remain misunderstood – and not only by the patients who might benefit most from them, but also by primary care providers.

Emergency Departments and Mental Health: A Crisis for Rural Communities

Emergency Departments and Mental Health: A Crisis for Rural Communities

Posted on May 14, 2020

There is a growing mental health crisis in the United States with more people, including those with severe mental health issues, needing professional care. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) stated that before the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly one in five U.S. adults (47 million) reported having a mental illness in the past year, and over 11 million had a severe mental illness.

The Importance of Rural Care Providers in a Pandemic

The Importance of Rural Care Providers in a Pandemic

Posted on May 04, 2020

In recent months, COVID-19 cases have mostly been confined to urban centers and corresponding suburbs. However, many epidemiologists predict the virus will invade less densely populated areas throughout the U.S., starting in the fall of this year.

Tips for Managing Your Next Regulatory Survey

Tips for Managing Your Next Regulatory Survey

Posted on April 23, 2020

On any given day, a regulator from CMS, OSHA, the Joint Commission, or the state can show up unannounced at a hospital or other healthcare facility to conduct a survey.

Mid-Month Financial Projections

Mid-Month Financial Projections

Posted on April 22, 2020

Medical employees work hard, making it a grim reality when hospital management teams find out, two weeks after month-end, that financial results equate to a net operating loss. Producing projected income statements mid-month, and making the hospital’s senior management team aware of the expected financial results, is critical.

Managing Mental Health During a Medical Health Crisis

Managing Mental Health During a Medical Health Crisis

Posted on April 13, 2020

The COVID-19 public health emergency has highlighted the need for comprehensive mental health treatment, not just for patients and their loved ones but also for the healthcare providers themselves.