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News by Topic: Closures of healthcare facilities and services

May 13, 2022 - Describes a study of hospital margins from 2016 to 2019, noting that COVID-19 relief funds kept financially struggling hospitals open. Highlights key findings of the study, comparing losses in 2020 to the years before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Forbes
Apr 13, 2022 - Describes the financial challenges of keeping rural obstetrics programs open, as well as the impact of unit closures to overall hospital closures. Discusses the importance of rural obstetrics units to meeting community needs, and notes issues related to reimbursement and clinical safety as critical to the viability of the units.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 10, 2022 - Reports on a partnership between Whitfield Regional Hospital and the University of Alabama at Birmingham that allows the rural hospital to resume labor and delivery services for the first time in more than 10 years. Describes the financial issues facing rural labor and delivery units, noting that fewer than 1/3 of Alabama counties have hospitals with labor and delivery units.
Source: Advance Local