Sebelius Hears Rural Health Concerns

In this Q&A, the CEO of the Pennsylvania Hospital Association shares insight into a recent rural health roundtable, where providers shared with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius their concerns about health IT, financial stability, and access to quality care.

2 comments on "Sebelius Hears Rural Health Concerns"
Robert C. Bowman, M.D. (10/28/2011 at 4:32 AM)

Rural areas are indeed dependent upon school and health spending. Federal designs bypass rural spending in both. The Secretary cannot possibly defend 6 billion in Critical Access Hospital cuts - a move that can only be seen as lack of awareness of what is critical to rural health as in the 1980s Reagan PPS changes. The Secretary cannot address primary care reimbursement that fails to keep up with the rapidly increasing cost of delivering primary care - going up even faster in recent years. Primary care is 40 - 100% of rural workforce. Thirty years of administrations have failed to implement solutions that have worked for over 30 years in Pennsylvania such as the Jefferson PSAP or MN RPAP or other models that graduate what rural areas need - broad scope generalist family practice - the only remaining permanent primary care source in the United States.
jrobb (10/19/2011 at 3:24 PM)

As one of the largest employers in many rural communities, Hospitals are a key economic driver that allows rural America to survice. Without the career paths the hospital provides, youth leaves, property values decline, and the tax base erodes. Hopefully, "small-town" America will not become collateral damage of the PPAC Act.


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