Health Care Access & Coverage

Rural Hospitals at a Crossroad: Access, Quality, and Financing

A Conversation with Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH, Ramona Hicks, RN, Tony Leys, and Harold Miller, MS, moderated by Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET April 19, 2024 Virtual Event

Concerns about access and quality of care in America’s rural hospitals are not new. But recently, their increasingly precarious financial position has led to a large number of closures, adding new urgency to policy debates about how to save them. Policymakers have tried various payment approaches to stabilize the finances of rural hospitals and bolster patient access to health care in rural areas, but challenges persist. Join Penn LDI and a panel of experts as they unpack the payment and financing of rural hospitals and address the questions confronting policymakers as they work to improve rural health care.



Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH

Director, Health Equity Research, Penn LDI; Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Ramona Hicks, RN

CEO, Coulee Medical Center

Tony Leys

Rural Editor & Correspondent, KFF Health News

Harold Miller, MS

President and CEO, Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform

Rachel M. Werner

Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD (moderator)

Executive Director, Penn LDI; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics, Wharton School; Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine