Reports that Medicare beneficiaries who are admitted to rural hospitals tend to have lower outpatient costs than Medicare beneficiaries admitted to urban hospitals. These differences are due to multiple factors, some of which were adjusted in the comparison. The analysis suggests that consideration of the total cost of an acute episode of care might be considered, not just the cost of the acute inpatient stay.
Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis
Matthew Toth, Mark Holmes, Victoria A. Freeman, George H. Pink