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 »

Profitability in Rural Hospitals

The North Carolina Rural Health Research Program recently released Profitability in Rural Hospitals, authored by George H. Pink, PhD; Victoria Freeman, RN, DrPH; Randy Randolph, MRP; and G. Mark Holmes, PhD. This new findings brief compares the profitability between 2010 and 2012 for urban and rural hospitals paid under the Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS),… Read more »

Rural-Urban Differences in the Rate of Health Insurance Coverage

Although national estimates of health insurance coverage rates typically show little or no difference between rural and urban areas in the per cent of residents with health insurance, if only individuals below the age of 65 are considered, rural residents are more likely to lack health insurance. When individual states are considered, rural residents are… Read more »