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Rural hospitals in trouble

Posted April 30, 2015

Figures on vulnerable rural hospitals were provided to the Associated Press by iVantage Health Analytics, a Portland, Maine-based firm that compiles a hospital strength index. The index is based on publicly available data about the financial stability, patient marketplace and cost and quality indicators for hospitals. The hospitals in the bottom tier, which are categorized as vulnerable, have similar characteristics as hospitals that have closed.

% vulnerable

18+

7-18

3-7

0-3

Vulnerable: 6.45%
Medicaid expansion: No

Vulnerable hospitals: 4
Hospitals studied: 62

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