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News by Topic: Closures of healthcare facilities and services

Rural Virginia County Hopes, After Years, to Reopen Hospital
Oct 31, 2018 - Details the efforts and challenges related to reopening a rural Virginia hospital. Also touches on the larger issue of rural hospital closings and the impact on rural residents who, as a result, may have diminished access to care.
Source: ABC News
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Accessing Health Care in Rural America
Oct 30, 2018 - Discusses barriers to accessing healthcare in rural areas as well as a number of ways that rural communities have addressed access issues. Touches on the demand for healthcare professionals, telehealth, transportation, hospital and obstetric department closures, and Community Health Workers (CHWs), among other things.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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A Conversation with Dave Conejo
Oct 29, 2018 - Radio interview with David Conejo, the CEO of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) in Gallup, New Mexico. Discussion includes the work of RMCHCS, including efforts to combat substance abuse, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing
Oct 29, 2018 - Discusses the issue of rural hospital closures, including contributing factors and the impact closures can have on health in the affected communities. In every year since 2011, more hospitals have closed than opened.
Source: The New York Times
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Rural Pharmacies Are Closing: Where Does That Leave Patients?
Oct 17, 2018 - Discusses rural pharmacy closures and the wide-reaching impact these closures can have on their communities. Also touches on some of the causes of closures including bigger chain pharmacies and low reimbursement rates.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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Another Rural Missouri Hospital to Close, Urgent Care Facility to Replace It
Oct 12, 2018 - Citing low patient averages as the cause, Ripley County Memorial Hospital will be the 5th in the state to close in the last 8 years. The emergency department will be converted to an urgent care clinic providing services seven days a week to serve patients in an outpatient setting.
Source: Missourinet
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GAO: Rural Hospital Closures Increasing, South Hardest Hit
Oct 2, 2018 - Details a new analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on rural hospital closures. Rural hospital closures disproportionately occurred in the South, among for-profit hospitals, and among organizations with a Medicare-dependent hospital payment designation. Just 17% of rural hospital closures were in states that expanded Medicaid as of April 2018. Also touched on efforts to address rural hospital closures.
Source: Healthcare Dive
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Texas A&M Welcomes National Center to Improve Rural Health Care
Sep 28, 2018 - Texas A&M has received a grant to fund the creation of the Center for Optimizing Rural Health, which will be a national technical advisory center designed to help rural communities maintain their hospital or create other means of access to care after hospitals close. The center will be based out of the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute.
Source: Texas A&M Today
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Fixing What Ails You: Rural County to Reopen Hospital
Sep 19, 2018 - A hospital in Lee County, Virginia is set to reopen their local hospital after closing five years ago. Highlights the long-term efforts to maintain the building during the closure and community and state support to to bring services back to the area.
Source: National Association of Counties
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