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.
Tobacco Cessation in 2013: What Every Clinician Should Know
Harrill-Smith C, et al. | SEPTEMBER 2013
INVITED COMMENTARY Given the many deaths caused by smoking, clinicians should offer evidence-based treatment to every patient who uses tobacco. This commentary discusses health system changes that promote treatment for tobacco use, new protocols for tobacco cessation therapies, and emerging tobacco products that are being marketed as harm-reduction tools.