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Critical Times for Small and Rural Hospitals
Health Leaders Media

Although critical access hospitals are protected from many of the disruptions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, their fates will differ greatly depending on their individual circumstances. Geography, the right mix of services, affiliation with larger partners, and, most critically, cuts of preferential reimbursements that critical access hospitals currently receive but that are far from guaranteed in the future—all of these play a role. Thanks to the decision of many states not to expand Medicaid, whether a small rural hospital or critical access hospital survives may depend on a host of variables over which leaders have little or no control.