Background Paper on Skilled Nursing Facilities in Rural Areas

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January 2002
This study will synthesize existing literature on skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and present an overview of the issues and legislation relevant to SNFs in rural areas. The general characteristics of SNFs (size, type, ownership, complexity of case-mix) and how these characteristics may vary by geographic location and by type of SNF will be described. Analysis of the HCFA s 1998-1999 SNF Annual Cost Report Minimum Data Set will provide information about the financial performance of SNFs in rural areas, and whether there are differences in the financial performance of SNFs by geographic location or by type, especially since the implementation of PPS.