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An Operational Assessment Provides Hospitals with a Roadmap to Long-term Sustainability

Hospitals nationwide are reckoning with financial difficulties, echoed by the American Hospital Association’s statement to Congress detailing the “unprecedented challenges” faced by rural and community hospitals post-pandemic. 

These include ongoing...


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How Rural Hospitals Can Achieve Financial Resiliency

It’s a well-known fact that many small U.S. hospitals are increasingly under pressure. Their problems stem from a myriad of challenges: razor-thin margins, inflation, higher borrowing costs, declining insurance reimbursement...


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For Community Hospitals, the Spirit of Giving is Not Just Seasonal

Each month across the United States, designated medical conditions are given special recognition (breast cancer for October, Alzheimer’s Disease for November and so on), but healthcare providers care year-round for...


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Bridging the Gap: USAC Funding and the Future of Rural Healthcare

The internet and telecommunications services have become essential tools for healthcare providers. Telehealth services, in particular, allow for remote consultations, monitoring, and information exchange. While this technological transformation has revolutionized...


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Revenue Integrity — Taking Charge of Your Chargemaster

“Revenue integrity” has attained buzzword status, but not long ago, the term didn’t exist. The concept, however, is longstanding. It means being properly reimbursed for patient care while remaining compliant...


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Partnering for Optimal Supply Chain Performance

If the pandemic ushered in the worst of times for hospital supply chain managers, would a decline of COVID-19 cases bring about the best of times? The reality is that...


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From Stuck to Star-Struck — How a Struggling Hospital Gained Stable Ground and a 5-Star Overall Quality Rating

by Tom Sledge, North Texas Medical Center CEO

Five years ago, the discussion about North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville, Texas, was primarily focused on the hospital’s financial struggles....


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Building Better Hospital Boards

Great community hospital boards generally don’t just come together as if by magic. Rather, they are systematically and strategically built — and, on occasion, boards must be rebuilt.

In today’s...


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How One Hospital Built a Public Health Innovation, Literally from the Ground Up

by Stephanie Guidry, BSN,MBA
CEO Bayou Bend Health System

What do obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer all have in common? For starters, they’re the most prevalent...


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Changes in Rural Healthcare Delivery — Is Resistance Futile?

Change is too often regarded as something that is happening to hospitals, compelled by forces beyond their control. With more challenges on the horizon, the time has come for hospital...


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