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Clarifying the Opportunities and Challenges for Rural Hospitals with Swing Beds

Clarifying the Opportunities and Challenges for Rural Hospitals with Swing Beds

Posted on January 27, 2021

Swing beds represent both a source of revenue for rural hospitals and a much-needed service for the communities they’re in. They’re a win-win, you might say. And yet, this program that allows hospitals that meet certain qualifications to “swing” their beds between acute and long-term care continues to be underutilized.

Remote Patient Monitoring Beyond COVID-19: Recommendations for Ramping Up Capacity

Remote Patient Monitoring Beyond COVID-19: Recommendations for Ramping Up Capacity

Posted on January 21, 2021

The recent expansion of access to telehealth services for Medicare and Medicaid patients has shown the unique value of these services. Remote patient monitoring (RPM), in particular, continues to realize its potential for the future of patient care.

Will Pandemic Politics Lead to Recruitment Challenges in Rural Communities?

Will Pandemic Politics Lead to Recruitment Challenges in Rural Communities?

Posted on January 04, 2021

It seems healthcare organizations in rural communities just can’t catch a break. Even before the pandemic, rural hospitals were struggling, and the arrival of COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation in more ways than one. Lost revenue from the cancellation of many nonemergency surgeries notwithstanding, the pandemic is pitting communities against the very healthcare workers who are there to care for them.

Care Coordination Playing Key Role in E/M Coding Change Success

Care Coordination Playing Key Role in E/M Coding Change Success

Posted on January 13, 2021

On the surface, it may have looked like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were delivering mixed messages to medical practices and other outpatient providers when it simultaneously changed coding and documentation requirements for evaluation and management (E/M) services while decreasing the reimbursement rate for most care coordination modalities

Committed to Diversity? 4 Things Hospital Leaders Should Stop Doing Now

Committed to Diversity? 4 Things Hospital Leaders Should Stop Doing Now

Posted on December 16, 2020

The benefits of diversity in hospital executive leadership are well-established. A hospital with diverse leaders tend to enjoy higher profit margins, better employee retention and improved patient safety and outcomes.

Cultivating Trust: Why This Is the Most Important Job of Any New Hospital Leader

Cultivating Trust: Why This Is the Most Important Job of Any New Hospital Leader

Posted on December 01, 2020

Whether a hospital leader’s exit is expected or not, uncertainty is sure to follow. While the new leader, either an interim or permanent executive, will likely have numerous issues to deal with right from the start, there’s one that rises above the rest in importance, and that’s cultivating trust.

Do’s and Don’ts for Managing a Regulatory Survey

Do’s and Don’ts for Managing a Regulatory Survey

Posted on November 17, 2020

On top of all the other challenges rural hospitals face is a surprise survey. 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.

Getting Ready for E/M Coding Changes

Getting Ready for E/M Coding Changes

Posted on November 11, 2020

The coding and documentation requirements for evaluation and management (E/M) of office and outpatient services are set for a big change. Starting Jan. 1, 2021, physicians can decide whether to code E/M visits by medical decision-making or by total time, including nonpatient-facing activities, such as looking at past medical records, talking to other physicians and even talking to the patient’s family.

Is Your Rural Hospital Ready for a Disaster?

Is Your Rural Hospital Ready for a Disaster?

Posted on November 02, 2020

Since 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires healthcare facilities to comply with certain emergency preparedness requirements. These were revised in 2019, and the revisions were a net positive for hospitals and ambulatory treatment locationsthat now have fewer paperwork requirements related to their emergency preparedness plans and drills.

What Should Rural Hospital Boards Be Doing Now?

What Should Rural Hospital Boards Be Doing Now?

Posted on October 29, 2020

The challenge of the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic adds to many well-entrenched challenges that rural hospitals face, including a patient population that typically skews older and shows higher incidents of heart disease, cancer, and addiction to opioids.