rural hospitals http://kbia.org en Why federal money for rural hospitals is vulnerable to budget cuts http://kbia.org/post/why-federal-money-rural-hospitals-vulnerable-budget-cuts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Compared to their urban counterparts, rural hospitals serve a population that tends to be older, sicker, uninsured and have less income. Rural hospitals </span><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17565527" style="line-height: 1.5;">provide a lot of uncompensated care</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="https://www.ivantagehealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Rural-Sequestration-National-Map-and-Table.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">run on more narrow profit margins</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>To stay open, these hospitals depend <a href="http://www.raconline.org/topics/hospitals/faqs/">on special federal designations</a> that give them a higher rate of reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid. For example, when a hospital designated as a critical access hospital, Medicare reimbursements <a href="http://sanocapitalgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Medicare-Sequestration-Report_MO.pdf">can make up to a third of its entire revenue</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:08:57 +0000 Harum Helmy 35318 at http://kbia.org Why federal money for rural hospitals is vulnerable to budget cuts Why rural Missouri hospitals are rooting for Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/why-rural-missouri-hospitals-are-rooting-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The uphill congressional battle to expand Medicaid in Missouri is making rural hospitals that serve areas with high poverty levels really, really nervous.&nbsp;</span>KSMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jennifer Davidson has the story.</span></p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:37:55 +0000 Harum Helmy & Jennifer Davidson 31752 at http://kbia.org Why rural Missouri hospitals are rooting for Medicaid expansion Rural Reads: On the disparities of rural vs. urban cancer patients http://kbia.org/post/rural-reads-disparities-rural-vs-urban-cancer-patients <p><i style="line-height: 1.5;">Every week, KBIA’s Health and Wealth Desk curates the week’s most interesting </i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(or so we think) </span><i style="line-height: 1.5;">articles and reports on rural health, wealth and society issues</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">This week’s topics: guns in rural schools and how low health literacy affects rural cancer patients.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p2"> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:20:47 +0000 Harum Helmy 31211 at http://kbia.org