What Does it Cost to Operate a Rural Free-Standing Emergency Department (RFED)?
In recent months, there have been numerous media reports of rural hospital closures and the adverse effect on communities. In the face of hospital closure, one alternative for maintaining access to healthcare is a rural free-standing emergency department (RFED). The goal of this study is to estimate the costs of a RFED. The project will use data from Medicare Cost Reports, the Frontier examine rural hospitals that ceased to provide acute inpatient care between 2010 and 2014.
Estimated Costs of Rural Freestanding Emergency Departments
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
A rural freestanding emergency department (RFED) is one potential model for providing emergency services in areas where hospitals have closed. The North Carolina Rural Health Research Program's Findings Brief, Estimated Costs of Rural Freestanding Emergency Departments explains the RFED concept and estimates RFED costs in three scenarios.