As Texas, like the rest of the country, comes to grips with the likelihood that the COVID-19 pandemic means most communities will face overwhelming demand on our healthcare delivery system, state leaders should consider utilizing a long-neglected asset to help address the crisis. Texas rural and community hospitals are ready and capable of being a valuable contributor to the state’s response to the corona virus crisis.
Gov. Abbott said as much in his Sunday press conference, noting the role that Texas rural hospitals could and should play in addressing the coming pandemic as the state sent out its all-hands-on deck call. But for rural and community hospitals to contribute fully, the state must make plays today to include them in the contingency funding plans being put in place for an anticipated shortage of hospital capacity in the next 30 or 60 days. READ MORE