Rural America’s Healthcare Is At-Risk
Sixteen percent of Americans – over 51 million people – live in an area defined as rural. But while many of these Americans are insured, they face significant challenges to access healthcare services compared to their urban counterparts.
With regulatory and quality requirements rolling out and reimbursements threatened, critical access hospitals (CAHs) and community hospitals are fighting to remain financially viable in order to continue to serve their patients. Without these facilities in rural communities, overall community healthcare and economic conditions will decline.
The right technology is finally starting to reach these remote areas, so that these hospitals can stay competitive, financially healthy and stabilize as pillars of their communities.