Missouri targets doctor dearth, expands first-in-nation law

From PBS:

Numerous doctors from around the U.S. could become eligible to treat patients in Missouri’s underserved areas as a result of a planned expansion of a first-in-the-nation law aimed at addressing doctor shortages.

The newly passed Missouri legislation would broaden the reach of a 2014 law that sought to bridge the gap between communities in need of doctors and physicians in need of jobs.

Supporters have touted the law as a model for other states.

The law created a new category of “assistant physicians” for people who graduated from medical school and passed key medical exams but were not placed in residency programs. But it took nearly 2½ years to implement.

Swing beds program helps rural areas

From the Pantagraph:

The acute care beds can become skilled care beds for patients who need rehabilitation but who wish to remain in the hospital — or have been transferred from a larger medical center — rather than going to a nursing home.

Patients — with physician permission — may qualify to remain in their hospital room if they need physical, occupational or speech therapy; daily IV or injection treatment; tube feedings; wound care; respiratory treatments; new catheters; or treatment for serious pressure ulcers.

Swing beds have been around for years but may be increasing in popularity as baby boomers age, said Jane McCully, Advocate Eureka case manager and quality analyst.