Even healthcare workers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 voluntarily warn of the unintended consequences of a federal vaccine mandate, particularly to long-term care and rural facilities already hit hard by the pandemic.
For rural hospitals, even minor increases in automation can lead to dramatic revenue cycle outcomes. Read on to learn about two examples of how implementing even a single tool can produce a big return on investment.
Hospitals across the United States have their hands full dealing with COVID-19 pandemic-related obstacles that are straining resources and increasing the stress levels of frontline providers. Meanwhile, hospitals in many rural communities are facing added concerns. Many have seen their already-precarious financial health pushed almost to the breaking point while staff struggle to keep up with ever-changing medical advisories and reporting requirements. All this on top of meeting the care needs of their communities in an environment where many patients fear accessing care.
Under a three-year research project, a New Hampshire medical center will be providing geriatric support and expertise to four rural hospitals through a mature telemedicine program already in place. One aim of the program is to enable senior patients in rural areas to receive high-quality geriatric care in their local EDs rather than face transfer to larger hospitals that may be far away.