Keeping rural America strong means building healthy communities. Our healthcare coverage focuses on all the important issues in rural health, including access to critical care, affordability, the future of rural hospitals, the rural response to the Covid-19 pandemic, drug addiction and abuse, and much more.
New ER-Only Status Will Preserve Hospital’s Crucial Services. But Others Worry about Distance to Care
St. Mark’s took advantage of a program that will sustain emergency care in rural Fayette County, Texas. But people seeking surgery and in-patient care will have to go elsewhere.
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Nearly Half of All Rural Hospitals Are Operating in the Red, Study Says
States that did not expand Medicaid are more likely to have rural hospitals that are at risk of closing.
Home-Based Care: Fixing the Childcare Drought in Rural America
Some rural counties are trying an approach to tackle childcare shortages. A new program supports home-based childcare providers with resources, education, and grants.
Oklahoma Researchers Aim For More Mental Health Resources In Rural Schools
A grant will help fund more than 60 additional clinicians across the state’s rural schools.
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Q&A: A Rural Healthcare Hub for Doctors and Policymakers
The Rural Health Information Hub is a website that provides rural-specific information for doctors, community leaders, and policymakers to make informed decisions regarding rural healthcare.
Struggling to Survive, the First Rural Hospitals Line Up for New Federal Lifeline
Hospitals in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma are among the first to apply for a new rural hospital payment model that shifts the focus of services away from overnight stays to outpatient and emergency care. Still, experts say the law needs to be amended to provide the right mix of care for rural communities.
Texas Town Tries a New Model for Saving Rural Health Care
The hospital in rural Bowie, Texas, has closed twice since 2015. Now, it’s partnering with a nearby hospital system to reopen as a round-the-clock emergency and observation center.
Number of At-Risk Rural Mississippi Hospitals Falls to 28, Report Says
Rural hospital closure rates in Mississippi are some of the highest in the country, even as the number of hospitals at risk of closing in the state decreased over the past year.
Q&A: Providing Healthcare in Rural Communities is a Challenge and a ‘Labor of Love’
Kathryn Doby is the chief administrative officer at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in rural Alleghany County, North Carolina. The hospital provides critical care to a medically underserved community.
Wynonna Judd: ‘It’s OK to Reach Out for Help’
Perseverance, strength and support take center stage during Wynonna Judd’s concert tour.