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Rural Health
News by Topic: Closures of healthcare facilities and services

Jan 4, 2021 - Features a nurse practitioner that manages the only health clinic in northern rural Grimes County, Texas, highlights her efforts to overcome challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and keep the clinic open. Describes how federal relief funding and temporary telehealth provisions helped her continue operations.
Source: Popular Science
Dec 18, 2020 - Addresses the impact of COVID-19 on rural hospitals across the U.S. Discusses how rural hospitals typically lack capacity, equipment, and staffing to manage acute cases, and while stimulus funding has helped keep rural hospitals afloat, many have had to shut down services or close. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: Modern Healthcare
Dec 14, 2020 - Discusses how rural hospital closures have impacted healthcare access and emergency care services in the South, including rural areas in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues for rural residents in their communities.
Source: Tennessean
Dec 12, 2020 - Discusses how certain for-profit management practices can be used to exploit reimbursement systems that can add to the financial challenges and uncertainty rural hospitals face. Shares rural hospital closure data for the past 10 years and the economic and community impacts of closing a rural hospital.
Source: NBC News