Rural Hospitals:Headed Over the Fiscal Cliff?

The Next Step is a Doozy!

Given the U.S.’ $10 trillion debt, future federal budget austerity and the (2010) enactment (and recent Supreme Court decision about the tax provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),) talk in Washington and around the country continues to focus on how to implement policy measures that avoid sending the U.S. over a “fiscal cliff“.

Clearly, in order to correct our current fiscal path, major policy changes will be needed to beneficial programs important to many Americans, including those living in rural areas. Among the top concerns are continuing and improving healthcare in rural areas where hospitals rely heavily on Medicare reimbursement rates. Medicare rates that cannot continue at current levels.

Bipartisan Support Needed to Improve Rural Healthcare Facilities

With most rural healthcare facilities built under the Hill-Burton Act of 1946, many are in critical need of upgrades or replacement to deliver 21st century health care throughout rural America.  Meeting increasing healthcare demands including preventative, palliative and other care services are becoming impossible to provide with limited financial resources and antiquated facilities.  And, while…

P4 Medicine: Revolutionizing Healthcare in America

Before P4

Leading industry experts, researchers and federal lawmakers know that the current U.S. healthcare system is the largest factor that contributes to the U.S.’ current and future fiscal woes.  Healthcare costs continue to increase and demographic and other trends show increasing costs will escalate in future years.

Over the past few years Congress has attempted to fix the ailing healthcare system but those attempts have yielded few realistic results.  The Justices sitting on the nation’s highest court have decided on the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In the ruling, the court upheld one of the most controversial provisions, the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance, is permissible as a tax.

Moreover, all of this is occurring amidst a growing crisis in the availability of about 267 drugs including blood thinners, heart medications, cancer treatments, antibiotics and anesthesia.  This crisis has been growing since 2005 when about 61 drugs were in short supply.  The American Hospital Association states that 82 percent of hospitals throughout the U.S. believe these delays are life threatening.…

Rural Development & The President’s Jobs Plan

Rural Development & rural healthcareDuring the President’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress on September 8, he said, “Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight is the kind that’s been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past.”  Typically, the opposition party would be totally dismissive of such remarks, but with the U.S. economy on the ropes and a U.S. electorate demanding action to remedy it, that’s why many congressional Republicans cannot totally dismiss the remarks of the President.

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