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Legislation languishes as rural hospitals struggle

Legislation languishes as rural hospitals struggle

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 03, 2015

Critical-access hospitals' ongoing financial woes are being compounded by Medicare cuts imposed by sequestration and the failure of most rural states to expand Medicaid, and there's little prospect of legislative or regulatory relief in sight.

Critical-access hospitals see little growth

By Michael Sandler  |  October 03, 2015

Despite the outcry on Capitol Hill over rural hospital closings, the number of critical-access hospitals in the U.S. grew slightly in the past year, according to Modern Healthcare magazine's annual review of CMS data.

Rural hospitals blast 'arcane' policies

By Shannon Muchmore  |  July 28, 2015

The 96-hour rule and a possible direct-supervision policy are a danger to critical-access hospitals, rural health leaders said at a congressional hearing Tuesday. They also suggested graduate medical education slots be more fairly allocated to help rural areas recruit providers.

Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes

By Associated Press  |  May 02, 2015

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association.

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