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Critical Access Hospitals

Critical access hospitals continue to provide vital services to rural patients(0)

November 1, 2018

The role of critical access hospitals in providing access to health care in rural areas is assessed, along with the financial benefits of facilities.

Rural Surgery

Shortage of rural surgeons: How bad is it?

An overview of the conflicting data on the shortage of rural surgeons and potential solutions to the dilemma are the focus of this month’s column.

Small hospital closures mean loss of access to care

Challenges resulting from small hospital closures are summarized, as are solutions to sustain these facilities.

Rural Surgery

ACS advocacy efforts in 2017 that will affect rural surgery

Two legislative issues of importance to rural surgeons—the Ensuring Access to General Surgery Act and the Critical Access Hospital 96-hour rule—are summarized.

Figure 1. Collaborative patterns of patient care in Montana

RS3—the Montana Rural Surgery Support System—is a model for surgical care in rural CAHs

A surgeon-led program in Montana helps rural surgeons with limited resources provide patients with local access to surgical care.


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