Rural Obstetric Unit Closures and Maternal and Infant Health
Policy paper examining the discontinuation of obstetric services in rural communities. Discusses factors contributing to obstetric unit closures, including hospital financial constraints, Medicaid reimbursement rates, and maternal health workforce concerns. Offers policy recommendations to prevent additional obstetric unit closures in rural areas.
Lindsay Corcoran, Catherine Clary, Sarah Brinkman
National Rural Health Association
Access · Closures of healthcare facilities and services · Health workforce supply and demand · Hospitals · Maternal health and prenatal care · Medicaid · Policy · Recruitment and retention of health professionals · Reimbursement and payment models · Women