Financial Indicators for Critical Access Hospitals


The purpose of this study was to develop and disseminate comparative financial indicators specifically for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) using Medicare Cost Report data. Results showed that, over the six years since 1998, CAHs generally became more profitable and increased their utilization of beds. However, while on average CAHs with long-term care became more liquid and reduced their use of debt over time, those without long-term care became less liquid and increased their use of debt. In the most recent year for which we have data (2003), CAHs without long-term care generally were more profitable, were more liquid, had less debt, and had higher utilization of beds in comparison to CAHs with long-term care. Report produced by the Flex Monitoring Project, funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy.

North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
George Pink, G. Mark Holmes, Cameron D'Alpe, Lindsay Strunk, Patrick McGee, Rebecca Slifkin