Category: Health Care

Integrating rural into the new reality of healthcare

Why the shift in how we pay for healthcare will drive further consolidations of rural healthcare services and what we can do about it May 2020 By Kelly Asche, Research Associate & Marnie Werner, Vice President, Research For a printable version of the report, click here. For years, the big conversation around healthcare has been ...
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Rural health care preview, part 5: A case for change

By Kelly Asche A citizen protest reveals the need for a policy change Before the COVID-19 crisis began, the Center for Rural Policy and Development was gathering information and analyzing the impacts mergers and acquisitions among health care providers have been having on access in rural areas. We were a few weeks away from releasing ...
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Rural health care preview, part 4: Controlling health care costs on the hospital side

By Kelly Asche State legislators are increasingly looking at controlling health care costs by regulating hospitals, which could increase consolidations of services even more. Before the COVID-19 crisis began, the Center for Rural Policy and Development was gathering information and analyzing the impacts mergers and acquisitions among health care providers have been having on access ...
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Rural health care preview, part 3: What do we mean by “access”?

By Kelly Asche Before the COVID-19 crisis began, the Center for Rural Policy and Development was gathering information and analyzing the impacts mergers and acquisitions among health care providers have been having on access in rural areas. We were a few weeks away from releasing a report before the pandemic threw everyone’s lives upside down. ...
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Cookies for blood? I’m in.

By Julie Tesch I grew up in a small farming community that took community pride for the greater good seriously.  Like many towns, then and now, we would hold a blood drive three or four times a year at a church or the community center.  When I was a child, I would sometimes help out ...