Fifteen counties in Washington state have no ICU beds. Four have no hospitals at all.
Rural areas face numerous challenges as they encounter a coronavirus: fewer hospitals, longer distances to care and a higher proportion of vulnerable people
Rule would slash funding putting hospitals in peril of closing, particularly rural hospitals that already are shuttering at unprecedented rates, opponents say.
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.