ISSUES: The Challenges Facing Rural Healthcare

As the national healthcare system undergoes unprecedented changes, from new payment and service delivery models to new policies and regulations under the Affordable Care Act, rural hospitals face a unique set of challenges. Some observers make the claim that rural health is in crisis or critical condition. The following articles present and discuss the topic: 

Rural Health Care is on the Verge of Crisis
Written by Dan Kelso, Executive Director of the Indiana Rural Health Association, IndyStar, January 12, 2015
Rural Hospitals in Critical Condition
Written by Jayne O'Donnell and Laura Ungar, USA TODAY, November 14, 2014

Rural Hospitals Innovate to Meet New Health Care Challenges
Written by Rite Pyrillis, H&HN, January 13, 2015

Surviving Small
Written by Chelsea Keenan, The Gazette, January 18, 2015