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1 in 5 rural hospitals at risk of closing, Navigant says

Consulting firm Navigant is not the first to sound the alarm on rural hospitals. Since 2010, 97 hospitals have closed due to financial distress and a changing healthcare environment, according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. A Government Accountability Office report found that 64 hospitals closed between 2013 and 2017, more than double the number in the prior five years.

Earlier this month, the American Hospital Association released a roadmap aimed at easing pressures on rural hospitals and expanding access to high-quality, affordable care in the communities they serve.