Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement
The North Carolina Rural Health Research Program released their Findings Brief, Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement. It looks at how changes to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) reimbursement – notably a reversion to prospective payment – would have marked negative effects on CAH profitability and financial health. Roughly three quarters of CAHs would operate at a loss. The number of CAHs at high risk for financial distress would nearly triple; nearly half of CAHs would be at medium high to high risk of financial distress.