Implications for Beneficiary Travel Time if Financially-Vulnerable Critical Access Hospitals Close


Reports that changes to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) reimbursement may spur some CAHs to close, with the most financially vulnerable more likely to close. The average resident of these communities would experience an 80% increase in distance to the nearest hospital if the CAH were to close. This analysis considers the communities served by the 93 CAHs with the lowest profitability and therefore most likely to close due to a change in Medicare reimbursement.

Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis
Victoria Freeman, Randy Randolph, George Pink, Mark Holmes