Profitability of Rural Hospitals Paid Under Prospective Payment Compared to Rural Hospitals with Special Medicare Payment Provisions (Findings Brief)

Date
09/2010
Description

This study compares the profitability of urban and rural hospitals paid under PPS (U-PPS and R-PPS, respectively) to rural hospitals with special Medicare payment provisions between 2007 and 2009. R-PPS hospitals are subdivided by bed size (<26, 26-50 and >50) to assess differences within the group. Financial ratios are used to compare the profitability of hospital groups, and percentages of hospitals with negative total margins are used as a sign of financial distress.

Center
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Authors
Mark Holmes, George Pink, Hilda Howard