Scanning the Headlines: Small or Rural Hospitals

A bibliographic listing of recently published material related to small or rural hospitals.

Updated on November 27, 2017

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(2017, Nov. 16). Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services: Emergency Medical Center. Chicago: American Hospital Association. Retrieved from:

Andrews, M. (2017, May 12). Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on exchanges. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved from:

MacDonald, I. (2017, Apr. 12). The devasting impact on a poor community when a rural hospital closes its doors. FierceHealthcare. Retrieved from:

Butcher, L. (2017, Apr. 11). Case study: Rusk county Memorial Hospital's nurse practitioner hospitalist program. H&HN. Retrieved from:

Foutz, J., Artiga, S., and Garfield, R. (2017, Apr.). The Role of Medicaid in Rural America. Menlo Park, CA: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from:

Commins, J. (2017, Mar. 8). Rural America an afterthought in GOP health plan. HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved from:

Lasson, J. (2017, Mar. 3). Despite federal law, some rural hospitals still turn away women in labor. HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved from:

Commins, J. (2017, Jan. 18). Pilot program throws lifeline to PA rural hospitals. HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved from:

Moy, E., and others. (2017, Jan 13). Leading causes of death in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Areas - United States, 1999-2014. Surveillance Summaries. 66(1):1-8. Washington: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from:

Sun, L. (2017, Jan.12). Rural Americans are more likely to die from the top 5 causes of death. Washington Post. Retrieved from:

Luthra, S. (2017, Jan. 11). Repeal & replace watch. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved from:

Huff, C. (2017, Jan. 4). In a small town in Texas, a rural hospital thrives against all odds. Chicago: STAT. Retrieved from:

Mace, S. (2017, Jan. 3). Eligibility software saves small hospital big bucks. HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved from:

(2017, Jan. 1). US taps New Mexico physician mentoring model to improve rural health. STAT. Retrieved from:

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.

Shinkman, R. (2016, Nov. 21). Financial, technological struggles leave future in doubt for rural hospitals. FierceHealthcare. Retrieved from:

Eisinger, T. (2016, Nov. 16). Hospital impact: How rural hospital closings weaken the nation's health. FierceHealthcare. Retrieved from:

Budryk, Z. (2016, Oct. 24). How can IT companies work with hospitals and physicians for a smooth cloud transition? FierceHealthcare. Retrieved from:

Joynt, K., and others. (2016, Oct. 19). ASPE Issue Brief: Rural Hospital Participation and Performance In Value-Based Purchasing and Other Delivery System Reform Initiatives. Washington: Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from:

Ollove, M. (2016, Oct. 12). Preventing Vital Health Care Information From Being Lost in Translation. Philadelphia, PA: The Pew Charitable Trusts. Retrieved from:

Commins, J. (2016, Oct. 5). Curae health embraces growing role as rural health champion. HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved from:

Kaufman, G., and others. (2016, Oct.). Trends in Risk of Financial Distress Among Rural Hospitals. Chapel Hill, NC: North Carolina Health Research Program. Retrieved from:

Tedeschi, B. (2016, Sept. 12). Where Medical Specialists are Scarce, a Push to Train Primary Physicians to do the Job. Boston: STAT. Retrieved from:

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 Hospitals. Policy 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.