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Rural Hospitals Can Prosper & Grow!

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It’s no secret 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and another 673 are at risk of closing. But what about the hospitals that are finding ways to prosper with all the economic pressures surrounding them?

In a recent article published by, our partnering hospital, Lexington Regional Medical Center (LRMC) located in Lexington, NE is one of those critical access hospitals that is prospering by acknowledging the shift to value-based care and aligning themselves with quality-driven, cost-conscious trends in healthcare. In 2010, LRMC was experiencing a negative 2.8 total margin. After adding new service lines, an urgent care center, and outpatient surgical services in 2013, LRMC turned their negative margin into a positive 8% total margin.

Also, mentioned in the article was LRMC ability to partner with groups, like RPM, that bring specialty surgeons to the hospital to perform operations. By providing new inpatient and outpatient services, LRMC revenue went from about $20 million in 2010 to about $32 million in 2013.

To learn about what services RPM offers to LRMC and other partnering hospitals, please visit or call us at 720-432-4419.

To read the entire article, please visit by clicking the following link: In Rural America, Some Hospitals Find a Way to Prosper and Grow


New Research: Doctors are Better than Self Symptom Checkers

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According to a recent article published by Huffington Post, doctors are much better than symptom-checker programs at reaching a correct diagnosis. Researchers found in a head-to-head comparison, human doctors with access to the same information about medical history and symptoms as was put into a symptom checker got the diagnosis right 72% of the time, compared to 34% for the apps. Although the internet is convenient, it is important to remember doctors are taught in medical school to consider broad diagnoses which include rare conditions and life-threatening diagnoses.

To read about this article, please visit Doctors Significantly Better Than Google, According To New Research


Celebrating National PA Week

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In honor of National PA Week, RPM wishes to send a special thank you to all the PAs who assist our specialist with making rural community care more accessible. Your profession has helped move healthcare forward. #PAweek

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National PA Week: Oct. 6-12

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Each year we celebrate National Physician Assistant (PA) Week from October 6 – 12 . This is a time to recognize the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness and visibility of the profession. National PA week is celebrated this week due to the first graduating class of PAs from the Duke University PA program on October 6, 1967.

A special thank you to all PAs, especially those who serve rural communities so patients can receive the care they deserve. #PAweek #PApride



Use Cold Therapy to Help Reduce Pain!

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Are you suffering from inflammation and/or pain? If so, did you know cold therapy can help reduce your symptoms! If you don’t have an ice pack available, here is a simple way to make a gel ice pack. Please note you should always consult with a medical professional about your symptoms.

What you will need: 3 parts water, 1 part rubbing alcohol (example: 2 cups of water, 1 cup of rubbing alcohol), 2 Gallon sized Ziploc bags, and food coloring (optional).


1) Mix the water, alcohol, and a few drops of food coloring together in one of the Ziploc bags

2) Release as much air as possible and seal the bag

3) Double bag the contents using the second Ziploc bag

4) Place in the freezer for at least one hour

And there you have it! A quick and flexible gel ice pack to help reduce your pain!

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NE Recognized as One of the Best for CAHs

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The state of Nebraska has been recognized among one the best in the country for outstanding quality reporting and performance by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The ranking is based on achieving the highest reporting rates and improvement over the past year. Other states recognized were Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and Massachusetts.

RPM is proud to have nine partnering hospitals in Nebraska. We wish to congratulate all who helped Nebraska become recognized by HRSA!

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Norton Continues to Offer Orthopedics

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Norton County Hospital (NCH) recently announced they will continue to offer orthopedic services with Dr. Greg Sarin to the Norton community. This news came after NCH announced earlier this Summer they would be cutting back on specialty services due to their planned renovation project being indefinitely suspended. In an update given by NCH, Gina Frack, Interim CEO stated, “After seeing data showing how (orthopedic) services can grow and be sustainable when given a viable opportunity, we felt continuing these services were the best option right now.”

Dr. Sarin has been visiting NCH twice a month for over a year. His practice has continued to grow while allowing patients to seek specialty care close to their homes. To find out more information or make an appointment with Dr. Sarin, please call NCH at 785-877-3351.



New Health Epidemic: Sitting Disease

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According to a recent article released by Spine-health, sitting all day is linked to harmful effects to our overall health. It can actually cause and/or worsen many back or neck problems. To avoid these problems, here are four helpful tips on how to prevent the new health epidemic, sitting disease.

1) Stand up every 20 to 30 minutes

2) Incorporate stretching into your daily routine

3) Avoid after-hours electronics use

4) Go for a walk

Remember small changes can make big changes. So try these four tips to help you make strides toward a healthier lifestyle. To read more about these tips, please visit The New Health Epidemic: Sitting Disease


RPM Newsletter: The Connector

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Winner Now Offers Urology Services

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Our partnering hospital, Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner, SD is now offering urology services. If you wish to visit with board-certificate Urologist Stacy Childs, M.D., please call the Winner specialty outreach clinic at (605) 842-7153.


KRVN Rural Radio Features Lexington CEO Leslie Marsh

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On August 1, 2017, the Rural Radio Network spoke about the topic Rural Healthcare. Guests included Leslie Marsh, CEO of Lexington Regional Medica Center and President of Nebraska Rural Health Association and Allan Jenkins, Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. To listen to the full podcast, please visit: KRVN 880 Rural Radio


Welcome Kearney County Health Services!

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RPM is excited to announce our new partner, Kearney County Health Services (KCHS). The recently renovated 10-bed inpatient critical access hospital provides the community of Minden, NE with high-quality health care services while recognizing the psychosocial, spiritual, physical, and cultural values of each individual.

Dr. Jeffrey Schopp, Orthopedic Surgeon, will begin seeing patients mid-September. To book an appointment, please call 308-832-3400.

To learn more about KCHS, please visit their website: Kearney County Health Services

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Phelps Memorial Health Center & Dr. Sauerbrey

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“I like coming to Holdrege because the community is awesome! The people are fantastic, the patients are fun to take care of, the staff is outstanding, and the surgical services are as good as anywhere I’ve worked.”  -Andreas Sauerbrey, MD.

To learn more about Dr. Sauerbrey’s practice or any of our specialty physicians at Phelps Memorial Health Center, please visit PMHC Specialists.

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NRHA Save Rural Hospitals Action Center

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Since 2010, seventy-nine rural hospitals have closed. In fact, the rate of closure has steadily increased since sequesters and bad debt cuts began to hit rural hospitals. According to the NRHA, the rate of closures is five times higher in 2016 compared to 2010. Right now, 673 additional facilities are vulnerable and could close, representing more than one-third of rural hospitals in the U.S. If these vulnerable facilities close, it is estimated 11.7 million people will lose access to direct care.

To see how you can prevent these closures from happening, please visit NRHA Save Rural Hospitals Action Center



Having Back Pain? Try These Tips!

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Are you one of many who suffers from back problems? Is it causing you to lose sleep at night? If so, try these simple stretches to help alleviate your back pain.

1) Rocking Twist: Bring knees near to your chest while lying on your back. Gently pull them towards and away from you by rocking knees back and forth.

2) Leg Twist: Lie flat on your back. Bring your arms to sides and your left knee and place your left foot on the right knee. Drop this knee over to the opposite side by twisting your spine and lower back while your shoulders lie flat on the floor.

3) Hamstring Stretch: While sitting stretch out your legs and then bend one leg out of the way. Now, rotate the stretched leg inwards. Lean forward so you can feel a stretch under your thighs.

4) Back Extension: Place a rolled towel under your back. The towel should be directly under your belly button. Stretch out your legs straight and your arms in an upward direction. Your feet should be as wide as your shoulders. Hold this position for 5 minutes.

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Try these stretches out for a few weeks. If you are still having troubles, remember you have options! Call 720-432-4419 to find the nearest specialty physician in your rural community.

Are Rural Hospitals Operating at Negative Margins?

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According to a recent study conducted by Chartis Group and iVantage Health Analytics, approximately 41% of rural hospitals operated with negative margins in 2016. It was added, a large portion of rural hospitals are facing negative operating margins due to revenue cycle challenges. Some of these challenges include the higher rate of uninsured patients, lower claims reimbursement rates, patients seeking care outside of rural setting due to increased rates, lower employment rates, shortage of primary care providers and tighter payer-negotiated rates. To find out more about this study, please visit 41% of Rural Hospitals Operating with Negative Margins.

If you are apart of a rural hospital and want to speak about how RPM can help, please call at 720-432-4419.


PMHC Celebrates Orthopedic Services

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On June 22, 2017, Phelps Memorial Health Center (PMHC) invited approximately 700 patients who had previously received orthopedic or spine services from our partnering physicians Dr. Fabian, Dr. Sauerbrey, Dr. Scheer, and Dr. Schopp. During this special event, Dr. Saurebrey was able to visit and speak with the patients who attended the event. To view Dr. Sauerbrey’s speech, please visit PMHC’s Customer Appreciation Event.



Operation Smile with Dr. Ydens

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In early May, Larry Ydens, M.D. volunteered with Operation Smile and took a mission trip to Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. This mission trip was considered a “local mission”, meaning it was staffed primarily by the Russian volunteers. In addition to these volunteers, Larry’s group included two international volunteers, a reconstructive surgeon from the UK and himself, an anesthesiologist residing in Colorado. As a team, they screened 80 children for surgery, ran 3 operating rooms for 4 days, and did a total of 60 surgeries. During his visit, Larry also had the chance to watch the celebration and fireworks of Freedom Day (end of WW2). After the mission, Larry traveled to the Caucuses mountains close to the border. Here he celebrated at the family home of one of the volunteers, and a world renowned maxillofacial surgeon, author, and former world Sambo (judo) champion.

This was Larry’s 15th mission trip with Operation Smile. He has truly dedicated the last 5+ years of his career to doing 4 missions a year with Operation Smile.