Research Findings

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View one-page summary Recaps of key findings from the Rural Health Research Centers on Quality:

  • Quality of Care in Rural Hospitals
    Date: 01/2019
    This Rural Health Research Recap looks at hospital quality-of-care measures and the difficulties of developing quality measures, especially for rural hospitals with low patient volumes.
  • Quality Star Ratings: Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Home Health Agencies
    Date: 03/2024
    In 2021, 41.6% of rural hospitals lacked an overall quality star rating compared to only 12.0% of urban hospitals. The absence of a star rating may be misinterpreted by patients as an indicator of low-quality care. This Recap examines star ratings among hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies.


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