Implications for Beneficiary Travel Time if Financially Vulnerable Critical Access Hospitals Close

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The NC Rural Health Research Program’s Findings Brief,  Implications for Beneficiary Travel Time if Financially Vulnerable Critical Access Hospitals Close, examines how changes to Critical Access Hospitals reimbursement that may spur some CAHs to close, with the most financially vulnerable more likely to close.  The average resident of these communities would experience an 80 percent increase in distance to the nearest hospital if the CAH were to close. This Brief considers the communities served by the 93 CAHs with the lowest profitability (and therefore most likely to close due to a change in Medicare reimbursement).

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