Eight percent of American hospitals – 450 of them – are at risk of closing in the coming years and another 10 percent, or 600 hospitals, are considered “weak” according to a new analysis performed by Morgan Stanley.  The signs of these problems include sinking margins, declining occupancy and revenue, and government and insurer policies that enable patients to receive certain services at facilities other than hospitals, as they did in the past.

The largest concentrations of at-risk hospitals can be found in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.

Learn more about the Morgan Stanley analysis in this Bloomberg News report or here, from Becker’s Hospital Review.