How Rural Health Clinics Operate Differently than their Urban Counterparts

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September 18, 2017 | Aptus Associates

Before you got into medicine, you may have thought healthcare was the same everywhere. A nurse is a nurse, right? Not so fast! Rural health clinics operate much differently than practices open in a larger city, due to the differences that they must work with every day. Here are just a few that rural health professionals face. 

Different Patient Populace. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the populations of New York City and Buford, Wyoming are incredibly different. The differences go well beyond the number of actual people in town to what these people do for jobs, their race, their income levels, their family structures, their insurance (or lack of insurance!) and much more. You need to know who you are serving in order to provide them with the best healthcare.

Specific Diseases. As a healthcare professional, you are already well aware that the rural population is more susceptible to certain diseases as opposed to those who live in the city. This includes, but is certainly not limited to Lyme Disease, Tuberculosis, and Gastroenteritis. While a city walk-in clinic may go a year without seeing a case of disease linked to unclean drinking water, you see it all the time!

Less Support Staff. Rural clinics are often forced to do just as much, with fewer staff members. While this may seem nearly impossible, it’s not when you bring in third-party companies to help with necessary tasks like human resources paperwork, cleaning the office at the end of the night, and even handling the billing to insurance companies.

When someone who handles medical billing every day does it, you are allowing an important process in your company to be completed by experts in the field. Bringing in this type of Support Services is what is best for everyone!

Outsourcing saves you hours every day! For this, you need Aptus Associates, LLC. Aptus offers a complete billing and accounts receivable management package to rural health clinics just like yours. Contact Aptus and find out more about our available Support Services today.