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News by Topic: Closures of healthcare facilities and services

Rural Hospital Closures Climb Quickly to Eighty-Seven
Aug 8, 2018 - Blog post from the National Rural Health Association highlighting recent hospital closures across the country, bringing the total number of closures since 2010 to 87. With yet another closure on the horizon some areas of the country are left with even larger access issues than ever before.
Source: Rural Health Voices
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Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Face Tough Decisions On Questionable Billing Schemes
Jul 3, 2018 - Details the controversy over a relatively new practice of buying rural hospitals and using them to bill insurance companies for lab tests performed offsite for patients who have never been to that hospital. While struggling rural hospitals may initially regard being purchased as a positive, especially when their revenue increases and debts begin to be paid off, the practice has come under scrutiny and there is concern that these rural hospitals will be held responsible for the actions of their new owners.
Source: NPR
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