Rural patients often are unable to pay their high deductibles, leaving their local hospital unpaid for the services it provides their local community.
Insurance plans often do not cover local providers forcing patients to travel further to get care.
Hospital leaders continue to hold out hope that Congress will protect the funding for hospitals’ charitable care before cuts go into effect in a few weeks.
A six-step plan that took a system approach cut use of high-dose opioids by more than 14 percent.
The first installment of year-long series, which follows how the closure of one rural hospital disrupts a community’s health care, economy and equilibrium.