Current and Longer Term Challenges of Rural Hospitals: A Survey of Rural Hospital Executives

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Project funded:
September 2018
Anticipated completion date:
December 2020

Rural hospitals are being adversely affected by short-term and long-term challenges related to financial and regulatory burdens such as sequestration, 340B payment reductions, declining patient volumes, and increases in the under and uninsured. This project will distribute a web-based survey to all rural hospitals to assess the opinions of their executives about how they will respond to current and long-term challenges.


Publications

  • Alternatives to Hospital Closure: Findings from a National Survey of CAH Executives
    North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Date: 02/2021
    Despite the many challenges of operating a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), little research examines the perspectives of CAH executives on potential community healthcare options if the CAH closed. This brief provides policymakers with a better understanding of what CAH executives think about the viability of various alternatives to closure.
  • Health System Challenges for Critical Access Hospitals: Findings from a National Survey of CAH Executives
    Policy Brief
    North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Date: 02/2021
    Despite the numerous challenges of operating a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), there is little research examining the perspectives of CAH executives on potential community healthcare options if the CAH closed. This brief presents a subset of results from a national survey of CAH executive perspectives on pressing challenges.