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Rural Mississippi Hospitals in Trouble: You Could Lose Your Closest Healthcare Provider

JACKSON, MISS– A recent study by the Center for Mississippi Health Policy and researchers at Mississippi State and University of Memphis shows that several small-town hospitals are at a high risk of closing. 

The study called “The Economic Impact of Potential Closures of Rural Hospitals in Mississippi,” highlights Covington, Holmes, Tippah, Attala, Adams, Noxubee, Tallahatchie, Pearl River and Copiah county hospitals.

The biggest problems are not being compensated for treatment, low profitability, and issues with Medicaid and Medicare.

That study does have some fixes for the hospitals to keep them from going under, which include streamlining operations, combining existing departments, and making changes to outpatient care.

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