Geographic Variation in Risk of Financial Distress among Rural Hospitals

From 2005 to 2015, 112 rural hospital closures have been identified (North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, 2015). Although six of these closed hospitals have since reopened, the remaining closures impact millions of rural residents in communities that are typically older and poorer, more dependent on public insurance programs, and in worse health than residents… Read more »

Prediction of Financial Distress among Rural Hospitals

From 2005 through 2015, more than 100 rural hospitals have closed their doors to patients in need of inpatient services. Though a handful of these closed hospitals have since reopened, the remaining closures leave millions of rural residents at greater risk of negative health and economic hardship due to the loss of local acute care services.  Policymakers,… Read more »

A Comparison of Closed Rural Hospitals and Perceived Impact

From 2010 through 2014, 47 rural hospitals,  ceased providing inpatient services in 23 states across the country (“closed”). Among the 47 closed hospitals, 26 hospitals no longer provide any health care services (“abandoned”), and 21 continue to provide a mix of health services but no inpatient care (“converted”). These closures have affected approximately 800,000 people… Read more »

Geographic Variation in Plan Uptake in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

On September 18, 2014, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released data showing that nearly five and a half million individuals had selected an insurance plan in the 36 states where the Federally Facilitated Marketplace was operating.  The NC Rural Health Research Program’s Findings Brief: Geographic… Read more »

How Does Medicaid Expansion Affect Insurance Coverage of Rural Populations?

The NC Rural Health Research Program’s Findings Brief: How Does Medicaid Expansion Affect Insurance Coverage of Rural Populations? examines how states’ decisions on Medicaid expansion are impacting rural areas in the U.S., we used population estimates, current status of state expansion, and state-level insurance estimates to answer two primary questions:  1) How is Medicaid expansion… Read more »

Discharge to Swing Bed or Skilled Nursing Facility: Who Goes Where?

The NC Rural Health Research Program’s Findings Brief, Discharge to Swing Bed or Skilled Nursing Facility: Who Goes Where, examines health conditions of patients discharged from rural Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to swing beds and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Patients discharged to facility-based, post-acute care from CAHs are sent… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

Geographic Variation in the Profitability of Critical Access Hospitals

The NC Rural Health Research Program’s Findings Brief, Geographic Variation in the Profitability of Critical Access Hospitals, examines how the profitability of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) varies greatly across states and U.S. Census divisions. The decertification of CAHs and the loss of cost-based reimbursement are likely to reduce hospital profitability, with some states and regions… Read more »