Guest blog by Audrey Smith, Critical Access Hospital Coalition Executive Director
Since 2010, 81 rural hospitals have closed in the United States with another 673 at risk, endangering the health of individuals, families, and communities. Nearly 30 million people don’t live within an hour of trauma care. In fact, residents living in 16% of the mainland United States are 30 miles or more away from the nearest hospital.
by Melvin Ostlie, CHC Director of Information Technology
One line-item expense in every hospital budget regardless of facility size or location is telecommunications. Why do rural hospitals tend to pay more for telecom services than their urban counterparts? Carriers are able to charge for the expense of installing and maintaining communications to rural areas.
By Amy Boykin, CHC SVP of Quality, Patient Safety and Care Management
Hospital accreditation is considered a standard of excellence for safe, high-quality care. Accreditation helps organize and strengthen patient safety efforts, improves risk management and risk reduction, and provides deeming authority for Medicare certification.