Scanning the Headlines: Small or Rural Hospitals

Updated on July 28, 2016

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Kaufman, B.G., Thomas, S.R., Randolph, R.K., and others. (2016, Winter). The rising rate of rural hospital closures. The Journal of Rural Health, 32(1), 35-43. Retrieved from:

Hearld, L.R., and Carroll, N.W. (2016, Winter). Interorganizational relationship trends of critical access hospitals. The Journal of Rural Health, 32(1), 44-55.

Wishner, J., and others.  (2016, July).  A Look at Rural Hospital Closures and Implications for Access to Care:  Three Case Studies.  Oakland, CA:  The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  Retrieved from:

Avery, K. and others.  Impact of the Affordable Care Act Coverage Expansion on Rural and Urban Populations. ASPE Issue Brief.  (Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Dept. of Health and Human Services), June 10, 2016.

Commins, J.  (2016, June 8).  Another Tennessee Hospital faces closure.  HealthLeaders Media.  Retrieved from:

Hart, M.  (2016, June 1).  Working Group Hears Challenges of Rural Health System.  Topeka, KS:  Kansas Health Institute.  Retrieved from:

Peltz, A. and others.  (2016, May).  Characteristics of rural children admitted to pediatric hospitals.  Pediatrics.  Retrieved from:

Meyer, H.  (2016, Apr. 9).  Shake-up to survive:  Struggling rural hospital in Kentucky works on a turnaround.  Modern Healthcare.  Retrieved from:

Commins, J.  (2016, Mar. 23).  Rankings illustrate health challenges for rural America.  HealthLeaders Media.  Retrieved from:

Sisk, T.  (2016, Mar. 4).  Rural Hospitals embrace population health in quest for relevance.  North Carolina Health News.  Retrieved from:

Luthra, S.  (2016, Mar. 1).  Medicine's power couples:  A challenge in recruiting physicians to rural areas.  Kaiser Health News.  Retrieved from:

Distel, E., Casey, M., and Prasad, S.  (2016, Mar.).  Reducing Potentially-Preventable Readmissions in Critical Access HospitalsPolicy Brief #43.  The Flex Monitoring Team.  Retrieved from:

Natafgi, N., Baloh, J., Weigel, P., and others.  (2016, Feb. 16).  Surgical patient safety outcomes in critical access hospitals:  How do they compare?  Journal of Rural Health.  Retrieved from:;jsessionid=5903A51B5C40C9AAED93B011D3DDE342.f03t03

What’s different about rural health care?  National Rural Health Association, accessed online Feb. 4, 2016 at

2016 rural relevance – vulnerability to value; a Hospital Strength Index®  study. iVantage Health Analytics. Feb. 2016. [iVantage news release: Rural hospital closures predicted to escalate, Feb.2, 2016:]

Heisey, D.  (2016, Jan.).  Variation in Rural Health Information Technology Adoption and Use.  Health Affairs.  Retrieved from:

Karash, J.A. (2016, Jan.). Rural trustees take on the world.  Trustee, 69(1), 8-10, 12.

Nelson, B., and Gauss, J. (2016, Jan.) For rural boards, an imperative to change. Trustee, 69(1), 11, 13-14.


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