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Challenges for Rural Providers to Mount in 2016
Healthleaders Media

The past 12 months have been rough for rural and non-urban hospitals, many of whom are seeing their very existence under threat. Unfortunately, there are no indications that life is going to get easier in 2016.

So says Jamie Orlikoff, a Chicago-based healthcare management consultant and veteran observer of rural healthcare for the past three decades. He has long called for critical access and community hospitals to wake up and ask the tough questions about margin and mission. Orlikoff spoke with me this week about some of the challenges that 2016 will bring. The following is an edited transcript.

HLM: What’s your outlook for rural and nonurban hospitals in 2016?