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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Background and Significance: Viability of Many Rural Hospitals is in Question

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  • Compared to their urban counterparts, rural hospitals:
    • Are usually more geographically isolated.
    • Are in smaller communities.
    • Tend to be more dependent on Medicare funding.
    • Have a higher proportion of outpatient services.
  • Like their urban counterparts, rural hospitals:
    • Face workforce shortages for nurses and other professionals.

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