Federal healthcare reforms threaten rural hospital viability

From Modern Healthcare:

Rural hospitals are hurting financially and could become candidates to close if healthcare reforms leave more people uninsured, according to a new study.

With operating margins already inadequate to keep up with routine maintenance and expansion, rural hospitals would face even tougher times if Congress replaces the Affordable Care Act with a plan that cuts funding for Medicare and Medicaid. The hospitals are heavily reliant on Medicare and Medicaid funding, according to findings in a new study by Health Management Partners, a Nashville-based consultancy.

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