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Proposed new health policies could push some rural hospitals over the edge

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NCW — As healthcare providers across the country prepare for fast-changing policies under the Affordable Care Act, there’s growing concern that one group may get left out in the cold — rural health.

Along with making sure most people have health insurance, goals of the sweeping new law are to lower costs and improve quality. The way to do that, healthcare officials say, is to focus on what works in urban areas.

But what works in a big-city hospital won’t…

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