Research Alert: September 2, 2021

Medicare Covers a Lower Percentage of Outpatient Costs in Hospitals Located in Rural Areas

In most rural hospitals, the greatest portion of net patient revenue is from outpatient services versus urban hospitals that have, on average, about half from outpatient and half from inpatient services. In addition, Medicare accounts for a higher percentage of outpatient revenue in rural hospitals. Therefore, outpatient services in total, and Medicare as a payer for outpatient services, are more important in rural hospitals than urban hospitals.

Contact Information:

George H. Pink, PhD
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Phone: 919.843.2728

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