Rural Hospital Mergers from 2005 through 2016

This study found that mergers have been a common phenomenon among rural hospitals. More than half of all rural hospital mergers occurred in 11 states (Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, and Illinois). These findings support the need for further research investigating why so many rural hospitals are merging, the financial impact of merging, and the impact on access to care within affected rural communities.

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