Hospitals across the U.S. are being battered by financial headwinds, and rural hospitals are vulnerable because they don't have capital or diversified services to fall back on when the going gets rough.
As healthcare advances on the care delivery road less traveled—a path built on value, not volume—adaptations are required for key travelers. Escalating costs in healthcare have made a new path imminent: care provision cannot proceed in this manner for the remainder of our journey.
Improving primary care for patients with chronic illness is critical to improving healthcare quality, value and patient experience. Primary care providers are participating in several new payment models that emphasize quality and value.