Critical Access Hospitals

Current Projects

  • How Medicare Payment Standardization Affects the Perceived "Cost" of Post-Acute Care Provided in Critical Access Hospital Swing Beds
    Medicare-allowed charges are adjusted for geographic cost differences and payments that support larger Medicare program goals. This study aims to identify the effects of the payment standardization method on the perceived "cost" of post-acute care provided in Critical Access Hospital swing beds.
    Research center: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Topics: Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals and clinics, Medicare, Post-acute care
  • The Current Distribution of the General Surgery Workforce in Rural America
    This project describes the current national supply and distribution of general surgeons in rural vs. urban areas of the United States as well as geographic variability in the supply of general surgeons across the rural/urban and intra-rural dimensions at the regional level.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Critical Access Hospitals, Health services, Healthcare access, Hospitals and clinics, Physicians, Rural statistics and demographics, Workforce