Rural Hospital Profitability During the Global COVID-19 Pandemic Requires Careful Interpretation

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has provided enhanced financial support for hospitals and other health care providers to compensate for revenue loss and higher costs.  This brief from the North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center describes the pre-pandemic trend of rural hospital profitability and explains why possible increases in reported profitability during the pandemic may mask the long-term financial challenges of rural hospitals.