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CHS' spinoff of 38 hospitals highlights challenges of rural markets

CHS' spinoff of 38 hospitals highlights challenges of rural markets

By Beth Kutscher  |  August 04, 2015

Community Health Systems' admissions—and therefore earnings—have lagged behind some of its urban-focused peers such as HCA. The Franklin, Tenn.-based chain, the largest in the country by hospital count, plans to focus on midsize urban markets after the divestiture.

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2015

Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that would require hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are under observation care in a hospital but have not been admitted. Some observers, however, say the measure doesn't address the...

As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access

As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access

By Paul Demko  |  May 16, 2015

Nationwide, 51 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and the National Rural Health Association has identified 283 more that are in danger of going under. Some facilities may shift to providing emergency and outpatient care only, and link with regional hospitals for a broader range of services.

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.

Rural hospitals get billions in extra Medicare funds

By Associated Press  |  March 09, 2015

A law that allows rural hospitals to bill Medicare for rehabilitation services for seniors at higher rates than nursing homes and other facilities has led to billions of dollars in extra government spending, federal investigators say.

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