21st Century Rural Hospital: Outpatient Services and Access to Care
This cross-sectional study has three phases:
- In Phase 1 semi-structured interviews with hospital officials will focus on factors influencing the provision of outpatient care.
- In Phase 2 using secondary data sources such as Medicare outpatient claims data, the OSCAR Provider of Service, Healthcare Cost Report Information System, US Census, Rural Health Clinic lists, and directories of specialized outpatient services we will determine to what extent rural hospitals have added outpatient services and characterize hospitals along several dimensions including services offered, community demographics, and financial condition.
- In Phase 3 we will simulate the impact of a potential policy change, including both possible effects on rural hospitals and on the availability of outpatient services. Products will include the hospital database, a Policy Brief, and a 21st Century Rural Hospital Primer, with data tables and graphs, categorizing hospitals along multiple dimensions as well as documenting how key service-related characteristics such as demand, reimbursement, and staffing/equipment needs affect availability of outpatient services.
The 21st Century Rural Hospital: A Chart Book
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
This chartbook presents a broad profile of rural hospitals and includes information on location, who they serve, services they provide, how they ensure outpatient services for their communities, other community benefits they provide, and financial performance. Each page includes charts comparing rural hospitals to each other and to urban hospitals.