Trends in Rural Hospital Financial Viability, Community Essentiality, and Patient Outmigration
In 2019 and 2020 Guidehouse analyzed the correlation of financial viability and essentiality of rural hospitals across the country.
According to the most recent analysis 25% of rural hospitals nationwide are at a high risk of closing unless their financial situations improve. Of these hospitals, 82% are considered highly essential to their communities.
Additional insights from the 2020 analysis of migration patterns of patients who live in rural counties in six states show:
Read the full analysis by year: