AHA Small and Rural Update

The August issue of the Small or Rural Update covered legislative and regulatory issues, including a brief look at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule for fiscal year (FY) 2011. This edition of Update examines in detail the rule’s impact on small or rural hospitals, including critical access hospitals (CAH).

News Article

Healdsburg among hospitals in line for health records funds
North Bay Business Journal, September 6, 2010

CALIFORNIA, HEALDSBURG – Healdsburg District Hospital is among 30 other rural hospitals that could be in line to receive significant funding for electronic health records through bond financing and grants from UnitedHealth Group.

The group, a division of Minnesota-based UnitedHealthCare, said it has identified 31 “Critical Access Hospitals” in rural regions throughout the state that are in need of more modernized information technology systems and electronic records.