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3 waypoints on the rural health care journey.

How far will you go to protect and improve the health of your hospital? Trying to maintain status quo is becoming increasingly perilous for rural and community hospital leaders. Relentless attacks from aggressors have tested the endurance and resolve of even the staunchest among us. What could once be counted on for survival has been eroded if not completely destroyed. Perhaps the real question is, “How far can you go?”.

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Rural EMS: Critical services hang in the balance .

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Provider shortages and limited access to health services are not new concerns for rural health systems, but access to emergency medical services (EMS) has also reached a critical juncture..

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Promoting a framework for age-friendly health systems.

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Rural health care settings present unique challenges to older adults seeking care. Access to specialists and primary care may be an issue, with variables such as transportation, unemployment, and caregiver resources presenting additional barriers. .

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Approaching the issue of rural social isolation.

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The complex problem of rural social isolation requires open-minded, unconventional solutions. From ad-hoc, online communities to creative grant funding, health care providers and rural residents can address the stigma of social isolation and depression. .

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Fiscal 2020 Spending Package: Rural Health.

The Federal Government avoided a shutdown before the new year after a spending agreement between the House of Representatives, Senate, and White House. In the eight-bill spending package, vital rural health initiatives were reauthorized and funded.  .

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