NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

Top Critical Access Hospitals Announced

NRHA is proud to announce the 20 highest-ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country, as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on the results of the Hospital Strength Index and its eight indices of performance: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, charge, and financial stability. An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital...

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Generating new revenue with hospital labs

Lost Rivers Medical Center had an amazing turnaround due to CEO Brad Huerta’s innovative pursuit of new partnerships and revenue streams. Lost Rivers’ partnership with InReach Community Dx is an example of the solution Huerta has chosen to successfully turn his laboratory from a cost center into a profit center. InReach develops a sustainable and scalable laboratory outreach program while engaging local health care providers who support the mission to keep local hospitals self...

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Challenges for Physical Therapists in Critical Access Hospitals

Physical therapists (PTs) are often front and center at critical access hospitals (CAH). In these rural settings, PTs must have expansive knowledge and a vast skill set to best meet the needs of patients and caregivers. A PT must know how to function in nearly every setting at a CAH: outpatient, acute, subacute, nursing home, home health, acute rehab facility, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, emergency rooms, and more while addressing the needs of individuals across the life span.

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Leveraging Business Intelligence in the CAH Setting

With the advent of big data, and health care reform driving organizations to be more efficient and cost effective, business intelligence has become an increasingly popular way to harness the power of data analytics and process improvement. Most critical access hospital management and governing boards would agree that operational data is necessary in today’s environment. Getting to the next level of this discussion, however, is a bit more complicated.   

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