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News by Topic: Closures of healthcare facilities and services

A Shrinking Number of Rural Texas Hospitals Still Deliver Babies. Here's What That Means for Expecting Moms.
Jan 17, 2018 - Discusses the financial pressures facing rural Texas hospitals trying to continue to provide prenatal and obstetrics services when it is frequently a service the hospital loses money on. In the present climate of rural hospital closings, hospitals weigh ending services that are vital to their communities against the risk of the hospital closing altogether.
Source: The Texas Tribune
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Hospitals In States That Expanded Medicaid Less Likely To Close
Jan 8, 2018 - Highlights a study published in the journal Health Affairs that found that hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid were approximately 6 times less likely to close than hospitals in non-expansion states. The study found that because rural hospitals tend to operate on thinner margins, about half of the rural hospital closures in non-expansion states could have been prevented through expansion.
Source: NPR
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Small Hospital Closures Mean Loss of Access to Care
Jan 6, 2018 - Details the complex challenges faced by rural hospitals compared to their urban counterparts and how they contribute to rural hospital closures. These challenges include specific trends in who is typically served by rural and urban hospitals, changes in the way that healthcare is delivered, inherent disadvantages for rural hospitals in the way that data is collected, and economic considerations like rural hospitals having proportionally more fixed costs and greater difficulty with recruitment and retention, among other things.
Source: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
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Rural Hospitals Will Suffer From Fine Print in Medicaid Deal
Jan 5, 2018 - Discusses Texas' Medicaid Wavier, which allows the state the partially privatize Medicaid and contains $25 billion for Texas hospitals, but will slowly phase out funding sent to hospitals for uncompensated care and Medicaid shortfalls. This has sparked concern for rural hospitals' financial viability.
Source: Texas Observer
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