September 23, 2022
A new report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) outlines the hurdles rural hospitals face to remain open and solutions to help protect rural health care.
Low volume and reimbursement, workforce shortages, and regulatory burdens pose considerable challenges, and “the financial outlook for many rural hospitals moving forward is precarious,” the report notes.
“These closures—whether due to declining financial performance, geographic isolation or low patient volume—have an outsized impact on the health and economic wellbeing of rural communities,” the report said of rural hospitals.
Among the key takeaways:
The report is available to review online.
Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals continue to deliver outstanding care in the communities they serve and are leaders in innovative care models. During 2019, the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model launched to ensure Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals can continue to be anchors within their communities. The Rural Health Model helps protect rural health care by:
HAP continues to support the Rural Health Model and advocate for state and federal resources that help preserve rural health care across Pennsylvania.
For more information, contact Kate Slatt, HAP’s vice president, innovative payment and care delivery.
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