March 24, 2016

Recent years have seen a string of rural hospitals ending operations, citing the continuing fiscal challenges of the current hospital environment.

Not every small town needs a world-class facility to conduct complex surgeries and rare treatments, but each does need a facility that can stabilize emergency cases and serve as a medical resource.  The consequences for patients in decreased access to timely, quality care are obvious. Less obvious are the potentially devastating effects on the broader community, where in many cases the local health facility is the largest employer.

Managing Partner Michael Abrams discusses how a market-based approach to care can help reverse the decline of rural hospitals and improve rural health care options in Reverse Rural Hospital Decline, as seen in U.S. News.