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A rural community loses its hospital — a standalone ER fills the gap

by Sam Whitehead May 14, 2019
Quick thinking and a $2.2 million investment preserved the emergency room.
A standalone emergency room has filled a gap left after the closure of the only hospital in Gilmer County, Georgia.
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North Carolina is trying to lower health care costs for state workers by limiting how much the state pays some health providers

by Alexandra Olgin Feb 26, 2019
North Carolina is taking a step toward lowering costs for state workers.
The state is taking a step toward lowering costs for state workers by taking control of how much it pays for each visit to mental health and primary care providers.
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Want to know the true price of a hospital procedure?

by Kimberly Adams Jan 4, 2019
A new system can help you find out.
A doctor holds a stethoscope on September 5, 2012.
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What does public charge proposal mean for hospitals that treat immigrants?

by Erika Beras Dec 10, 2018
Today is the final day for comment for the Trump administration’s public charge proposal that would make it harder for immigrants to qualify for citizenship if they’ve used public benefits, including SNAP, public housing and Medicaid. Immigrants who’ve received cash…
Immigrants make up roughly 12 percent of the population in this country, but account for just 8.6 percent of heath care expenditures. 
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Senate to scrutinize hospitals on low-income patient profits and spending

by Dan Gorenstein Jun 19, 2018
This morning, a Senate committee checks in to see how the cuts to the so-called 340b program, which allows hospitals to buy drugs at a discount, are impacting hospitals and patients. Critics say there’s little evidence that hospitals used the savings…

Some health care firms focus on empathy to keep people healthier

by Dan Gorenstein May 2, 2018
One reason for the interest in a more empathetic clinical staff stems from the fact that hospitals and physicians, increasingly, have financial incentives to keep patients out of the hospital.
A nurse tends to recovering patients on a general ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on March 16, 2010 in Birmingham, England.
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As hospitals increasingly close in rural areas, communities consider a hybrid health center model

by Blake Farmer Mar 28, 2018
Without enough patients with health insurance, hospitals are closing in rural parts of the country. Some communities have turned to hybrid health centers — shy of a hospital but more than a clinic — to try to meet their community's…
A sign lets Lewis County residents know the hours and offerings. Another sign on the building instructs patients to call 911 if the facility is closed for the night. 
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How much do gun-related injuries cost U.S. hospitals?

by Lizzie O'Leary Feb 23, 2018
When people wind up in an emergency room, it adds up to about $100,000 per person.
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When doctors need to learn "webside" manner

by Molly Wood Jan 29, 2018
A New York hospital is introducing telescreens into the emergency room in an effort to save time — and possibly money.
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Inpatient care could end at Nashville's safety net hospital

by Blake Farmer Jan 3, 2018
Nashville Mayor Megan Berry has proposed ending the inpatient unit of Nashville General Hospital and rethinking the city's role in caring for the uninsured.
The daily census at Nashville General Hospital is down to fewer than 40 patients, making it one of the least busy hospitals in town. But advocates for the uninsured say that's still 40 patients who are getting care that might have trouble finding it elsewhere.
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