It’s no secret that many isolated, rural hospitals have found themselves struggling financially in recent years. Since 2010, more than 50 rural hospitals have closed their doors nationwide, and the National Rural Health Association has identified 283 more small hospitals in danger of collapse.
In an effort to enhance their financial viability and increase quality care, a large number of small, rural hospitals have taken advantage of the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) program. There are currently roughly 1,300 certified CAH facilities located throughout the U.S., according to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Created as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the CAH program aims to improve quality and to help stop the closure of hospitals providing care to under‐served populations. As a result, many rural hospitals have been able not only to keep the doors open, but also to invest extra resources in quality improvement and quality assurance activities.
The way in which the CAH designation helps rural hospitals reduce their financial vulnerability is through cost-based Medicare reimbursement. Therefore, a key step in the transformation process is the conversion of the hospital’s Medical Record Interface system from Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) to a CAH payment system.
"We were the first hospital since 2006 to even attempt to make this change and now we are the first to complete it successfully, thanks to IPeople technology, knowledge and staff,” said Cole. “We are now able to put money back into our hospital, county and community."
-Elizabeth Cole, Newman Regional Health
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