Rural Hospitals Pitt Study Casts Doubt On Policy Aimed To Sustain Rural Hospitals By Sarah Boden • Apr 2, 2018 Screenshot / Google Maps A new University of Pittsburgh study asks whether a revenue model set to be introduced in six rural Pennsylvania hospitals next year can both reduce patient admissions and increase profits. The program is expected to be implemented in 30 rural hospitals by 2023. Data from Pennsylvania's Department of Health Innovation shows that in 2015, 47 percent of all rural hospitals in Pennsylvania had negative operating profit margins. Rural Hospitals Could Take Major Hit From New Health Care Plan By Mark Nootbaar • Jul 5, 2017 Jason Redman / AP The Congressional Budget Office predicts 14 million Americans who currently have insurance would be without it next year if the Senate Republican version of the health care overhaul bill is adopted. That's leaving officials behind some rural health systems worried.