The Financial Struggle of Rural Hospitals: A Growing Concern for Healthcare Access

Among the many healthcare sectors I follow, rural healthcare has become my favorite. Oddly enough, it’s not because of the policy issues that exist, though it should be. It is because it is an overlooked sector and one that has a real risk of collapse. Last summer (2023) I wrote a post about the plight … Read more

Cuts and Layoffs are Happening

As the economy remains “challenging” and providers are finding rising capital costs and rising staffing costs, survival mode is where many are operating. For any hospital, SNF, Home Health Agency, or Hospice, labor (wages and benefits) is typically about 60% of the expense budget. With direct care staff in short supply in nearly every market … Read more