The Rural Hospital Coalition supports access to health care services in rural communities by advocating for hospitals with Rural Referral Center, Sole Community Hospital and Medicare Dependent Hospital designations under the Medicare program.
Kaiser Health News article on rural hospital closure
“Who’s going to take care of these people?” — Washington Post article on rural hospital closures
Article in Minnesota’s Star Tribune on the state of rural hospitals in Minnesota
NBC News video segment: Rural hospitals are closing — what now?
Kaiser Health News publishes article on rural hospital closures — Economic Ripples: Hospital Closure Hurts A Town’s Ability To Attract Retirees
CBS Sunday Morning airs compelling segment on rural hospital closures and their negative impact on access to health care in rural America
Navigant publishes report on rural hospitals, with new data showing worsening situation for rural hospitals
RRC/SCH Coalition and MDH Coalition join forces to form Rural Hospital Coalition
Rural Hospital Coalition sends letter to CMS on recommendations to ensure a strong rural health care safety net
GAO releases report on rural hospital closures
About the Rural Hospital Coalition
Rural Referral Centers (RRCs), Sole Community Hospitals (SCHs) and Medicare Dependent Hospitals (MDHs) all play vital roles in the rural health care safety net. RRCs localize sophisticated services and treat complicated cases, SCHs ensure that isolated communities have access to hospital care, and MDHs ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to hospital services. These important rural providers are especially dependent on accurate and appropriate payment policies, and the Rural Hospital Coalition works to make sure that RRCs, SCHs and MDHs are able to continue to provide high-quality health care to rural communities by advocating for legislative and regulatory policies that protect and enhance Medicare reimbursement to these hospitals.