Current Issue: Summer 2014

Rural Diabetes

KRDC diabetes class participantsDiabetes Management in Rural Areas Takes Holistic, Community Approaches
by Candi Helseth
Programs in Florida and Kentucky are helping diabetic patients better manage their health, and promoting community awareness of the disease.

Telehealth Invigorating and Innovating Diabetes Care
by Candi Helseth
Home monitors and other technologies are helping diabetic patients live healthier lives, cutting health care costs and hospital visits.

Sidebar: Diabetes: A Closer Look

Challenges for Human Services

by Kathleen Belanger

Keeping PACE with the Rural Elderly
PACE, the Program of All-inclusive Care that helps elderly people remain independent, is especially needed in rural areas.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.

Hospital Quality: Tough Issue!
Discusses whether quality measures and patients’ wishes may be at odds, and how that affects the perception of whether rural hospitals provide quality care.

Kim McMillan, Crete Area Medical Center PCMH teamAround the Country

Rural Patient Centered Medical Homes Achieve New Standards
by Candi Helseth
Crete Area Medical Center Physicians’ Clinic and Ammonoosuc Community Health Services are among the very few rural safety net providers that have achieved Level 3 PCMH recognition.

John HalfenRural Spotlight

An Interview with John Halfen, MD
by Beth Blevins
Halfen, the Medical Director of Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota, discusses the challenges of transitioning to a patient centered medical home model.