More rural hospitals are closing

The number of rural U.S. hospitals closing their doors is on the rise, according to a Government and Accountability Office (GAO) report released last week. GAO found that a total of 64 rural hospitals in the United States closed from 2013 through 2017, which is more than twice the number of rural hospital closures that occurred during the previous five-year period. (Source: FierceHealthcare, 10/1)