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.
The Role of Primary Care Providers in Managing Falls
Demons JL, Duncan PW | SEPTEMBER 2014
INVITED COMMENTARY Falls threaten the ability of older adults to live independently in the community. Fortunately, national and state organizations have created tools that allow primary care providers to easily assess fall risk, and small changes in practice patterns can provide patients with the resources necessary to prevent falls, thus helping to reverse a costly, deadly epidemic.
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?