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NRHA voices concern over national health information technology program.

NRHA and the National Rural HIT Coalition have each submitted a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) in response to their request for comments on the May 22 draft description of the program for the establishment of HIT Regional Extension Centers. The National Rural HIT Coalition is composed of many national organizations with a rural focus, and NRHA is a member of the coalition. The responses address NRHA's sincere concern over ONCHIT's....

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Dr. Tom Dean.

[caption id="attachment_62" align="alignright" width="65" caption="NRHA Past President"][/caption] Tom Dean, MD, Past President of NRHA, is certainly not afraid to call the current state of rural health care a "crisis." According to article published yesterday in the Rapid City South Dakota paper, “We’re into some scary territory... I think we are looking at a major paradigm shift in the way we look at health care,” Dean said. Speaking before the National Advisory Committee on Rural....

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Costlier Care is Often Worse Care.

For a provacative read, check out the article entitled "The Cost Conundrum" from the New Yorker Magazine. Gawande, the author, illustrates the cost conundrum in McAllen, TX, noted for being "the most expensive town in the most expensive country for health care in the world." Does this Texas town have something to teach us about health care?.

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CMS Definition of a CAH.

CMS has released a fact sheet that describes a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and the additional payment programs available to them..

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