Lab billing operations add to rural hospital woes, leaving some on life support

Jul 18, 2022
For rural communities, the loss of hospitals means no access to nearby emergency care and the loss of health care jobs.
Rural hospital closures have increased during the pandemic. Many hospitals were run by  lab companies that left difficult financial and legal problems behind.
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COVID hot spots are pointing the way for future health care development plans

Apr 11, 2022
In Nashville, health care facilities are expanding to serve some areas that were hit hardest by the pandemic.
This hospital in Parsons, Tennessee, closed just after the pandemic began. Now, a company is attempting to reopen the facility.
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Company aims to buy and restore struggling rural hospitals in Tennessee

Mar 24, 2022
For rural communities, a key question: Can a new company that is taking over ownership restore confidence in the care the local hospital provides?
Kyle Kopec uses his phone to illuminate a cabinet of medical supplies in the shuttered Decatur County General Hospital. His company, Braden Health, is taking over the facility with a pledge to invest $2 million to reopen it.
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Rural hospitals expect to see a boost with changes to Medicare reimbursement

Sep 30, 2019
Medicare is increasing reimbursement rates for certain low-wage hospitals, but not everyone supports the change.
Coosa Valley’s café, called the Hickory Street Café, is a popular lunch spot in Sylacauga, Alabama.
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Hospital closure leaves soon-to-be mothers in rural Missouri without an OB-GYN

Jul 16, 2018
Another rural hospital has closed, the 85th to shutter in the U.S. since 2010. This latest closing happened in Dunklin County, Missouri, one of the poorest counties in the state. The hospital was home to the only OB-GYN physician in a region that has one of the highest premature birth and infant mortality rates in […]

Rural Georgia residents are hit hard by local hospital closure

Apr 7, 2017
'Without health care, people don’t want to stay here. I don't blame them,' a former nurse says.
When Stewart-Webster Hospital closed in 2013, residents say they lost a sense of security along with a health care provider.
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Rural hospital in Georgia faces financial difficulties

Mar 17, 2017
Irwin County Hospital is one of many in the country that are struggling to keep their doors open.
Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla, Georgia, has been struggling to keep its doors open for patients. It recently had to lay off about 20 staff members.
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