Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Evaluation

The North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center is collaborating with the University of Minnesota and the University of Maine in a comprehensive multi-year review of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program). UNC will use a combination of primary and secondary data to evaluate the program effects in a number of focal areas, including:

  • – Financial Performance Measures of Critical Access Hospitals
  • – CAH Conversion Tracking
  • – Predicting Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals


Principal Investigator: Mark Holmes, PhD.

Funding Source: Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA (subcontract with the University of Minnesota)

Total Project Period: 09/08 – 08/13