Rural Hospital Linkages in the WAMI Region


Linkage refers to a rural hospital’s formal and informal associations with outside entities (e.g., joint purchasing arrangements and inter-hospital networks). This study (1) provided a descriptive analysis of rural hospital linkages in the WAMI states based on a literature review and key informant interviews, (2) determined how governmental regulations influence such linkages, and (3) performed case studies on two rural health care alliances located in different regions and formed 13 years apart.