It’s Time for a New Solution for Rural Hospital Staffing

“If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital,” read a sobering news article published last year. Hospital administrators know the truth in that statement – at least 79 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, with an average closure of a critical access hospital taking 170 jobs and $7.1 million in salaries from its community.

High Quality Hospital Staffing is Essential

These closures occur for complex and intertwined reasons – a combination of costly regulations, low reimbursement rates and declining patient volumes. But hospital staffing is one of the biggest linchpins in a facility’s operations – the quality and mere presence of its healthcare providers. When a facility is understaffed, or staffed with providers who don’t have an investment in the hospital’s community, the whole system suffers.

Patients start traveling for care, seeking providers they feel a stronger connection with. The local providers face bigger call burdens and day-to-day responsibilities, lowering their own morale. Locum tenens physicians can be a temporary help in hospital staffing, but they are unlikely to understand the intricacies of working with the area’s payers, which can negatively impact billing and revenue. Temporary physicians can also struggle to make strong enough connections to keep patients coming back. Too frequently, it becomes a downward spiral the hospital can’t pull out of.

Many facilities may be just one physician retirement away from such a situation, and their administrators face intense pressure to recruit new providers – a process that can take years.

Remedy Medical Services is a New Solution for Rural Hospital Staffing

It was with these challenges in mind that Remedy Medical Services was founded. What are we? We are a medical group that focuses on providing healthcare in the rural setting, providing a long-term, single-source solution for hospitalist and ER staffing that empowers rural hospitals to thrive.

Thus, we are not a staffing agency. Our partnerships with hospitals go deeper than that. We provide physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who make lasting commitments to your community, becoming a seamless part of your patient care team. And we integrate with your operations to ensure billing accuracy and improve your financial health.

It’s a very different model from a locum tenens agency. Our providers do a lot more than just punch the clock, and you can count on seeing the same faces week after week. To your patients, it should feel like Remedy's principal practice is at your hospital.

Administrators often ask us, “How can you recruit and retain providers when we have such a hard time doing it?” The truth is that as a medical group our providers have direct input into policies and procedures that affect the quality of our practice and the hospitals we serve. We also have a flexible combination of pay, benefits and lifestyle that will be sustainable for them and their families for the long-term. We are founded and run by physicians with a passion for developing realistic solutions for rural healthcare staffing, and we attract providers who share that passion.

On this blog, we’ll be sharing updates on trends in rural hospital staffing, stories from our providers and partner hospitals, and other resources to help administrators and providers navigate these challenging times. We hope you’ll subscribe, and if you’d like to talk about how Remedy Medical Services can work with your facility, get in touch today.

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At Remedy Medical Services, we work directly with administration by providing a qualified medical director and setting up attainable standards and metrics that improve quality. Remedy Medical Services executive staff are always available to our hospital partners. Hospital administrators collaborate directly with our providers through our monthly staff meetings. Our experience has proven that this is an innovative, sustainable way to improve hospital revenue and keep rural healthcare systems strong.