Impact of COVID-19 on the Rural Health Care Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "Before the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic began, hospital closures were increasing in rural communities across the nation: 116 rural hospitals closed between 2010 and 2019. Over the past two years, federal relief has helped stabilize facilities, and the pace of closures slowed. However, this assistance was temporary, and rural hospitals continue to struggle financially and to recruit and retain nurses and other health care employees. Against this backdrop, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) conducted a series of interviews over the last year with rural hospital leaders from eight states-- Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming--as well as with health policy experts from federal and state government, national organizations, provider organizations, and academia. The goal was to gain on-the-ground insights into today's rural health care landscape, where the population is older, sicker, and less likely to be insured or seek preventive services than in urban areas."

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