NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

How rural providers can act big and stay small with accountable care

Rural health organizations face challenges including staffing shortages, rising costs, and a growing Medicare population. A recent report highlighted 136 rural hospital closures from 2010 to 2021 that has exacerbated the problem. Rural residents are also less likely to utilize preventative health services, which adds to the concerns of an already compromised and often isolated patient demographic.

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