The Pennsylvania Rural Health Model

From Pennsylvania Business Central:

Nationwide, rural U.S. hospitals are on life support, and the situation is only getting worse. Rural hospitals in Pennsylvania are no exception; in fact, the state has the country’s third-largest rural population, and nearly 40 percent of its hospitals are in rural communities. In 2016, approximately 41 percent of such hospitals had negative operating profit margins, according to a recent report by Chartis Group and iVantage Health Analytics. Fortunately, the new Pennsylvania Rural Health Model aims to reverse that trend.

The initiative, which is expected to launch Jan. 1, 2019, at six Pennsylvania hospitals, including Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, “was designed to meet the needs of rural residents,” Dr. Karen Murphy, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at Geisinger Health, said. “Pennsylvania recognized the health and socioeconomic imperative involving rural communities. The objectives of the model are to provide a path to improving health and health-care delivery in rural communities.”