Pennsylvania NEWS

Wolf Administration Announces Next Step in Transforming Health Care Delivery in Pennsylvania

3/11/2019
The Wolf Administration has announced the first five participants in the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, the first model in the nation aimed at ensuring the financial viability of hospitals in rural areas across the state, and the next step in transforming health care delivery in Pennsylvania.
 
“The Rural Health Model is a transformative step that changes the financial model for hospitals in rural areas,” Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The model will help ensure that rural hospitals, which are often an economic driver in rural areas, stay open, that jobs stay local and that sustainable access to health care is available to residents living in rural areas. This is a step that will help achieve financial stability for these facilities.”

Nearly half of all rural hospitals in Pennsylvania are operating with negative margins and are at-risk of closure. The department has worked closely with the Department of Human Services, the Insurance Department, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Office for Rural Health, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and five rural hospitals to develop the model and to ensure its success.

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website for more information.