There are rules, and there are exceptions. This week we’re making some common-sense exceptions so that some 235 health care providers can continue to provide high-quality health care to rural America.
- In Nebraska, three grandfathered hospitals participate in the Nebraska Statewide Telehealth Network, a model statewide network in which 80 percent of participating health care providers qualify as “rural” under our rules. RHC discounts for the grandfathered hospitals helps to connect 32 eligible rural hospitals and eight local health departments to the NSTN.
- In Alaska, the Tanana Chiefs Conference receives support for a 362-mile communications link from Fairbanks to Anchorage that facilitates health care access for 25 Interior Alaska communities.
- In Virginia, grandfathered health care providers are taking part in projects to create a demonstration rural tele-stroke network and to deliver high risk obstetric services to rural areas.