Financially Fragile Rural Hospitals: Mergers and Closures
Holmes M | JANUARY 2015
INVITED COMMENTARY Rural hospitals serve as major sources of health care and employment for their communities, but recently they have been under increased financial stress. What are the causes of this stress, and how have hospitals and their communities responded?
Finding and Keeping Health Care Providers in Rural Communities: Culture Change in Recruitment at Rural Health Group
Harris BO | JANUARY 2015
INVITED COMMENTARY Transforming rural primary care is possible only when leadership is committed to a core set of competencies. Northeastern North Carolina, not always seen as an attractive locale for health professionals, has been developing a primary care medical home that emphasizes team-based care built upon respect, trust, and professionalism.
Medical Costs of Secondhand-Smoke Exposure in North Carolina
Plescia M, et al. | JANUARY 2011
ORIGINAL ARTICLE We used 2006 BCBSNC claims data and national and state surveillance data to calculate the treated prevalence of medical conditions related to exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS). The total annual cost of treatment for conditions related to SHS exposure was estimated to be $293,304,430, in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars. These data provide additional rationale for regulating smoking in all work sites and public places.