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Resources by Topic: Sole Community Hospitals

Medicare Covers a Lower Percentage of Outpatient Costs in Hospitals Located in Rural Areas
Policy brief describing differences in Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) payments between urban and rural hospitals. Features statistics on OPPS payments as a percent of total net patient revenue, as a percent of Medicare outpatient cost by hospital payment classification, and as a percent of Medicare outpatient cost by number of acute beds, with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Author(s): Pranathi Sana, George H. Pink
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Medicare Payment for Rural or Geographically Isolated Hospitals
Displays data on Medicare payment adjustments for Sole Community Hospitals, Medicare-Dependent Hospitals, Low-Volume Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals. Includes information on the number of qualifying hospitals by state and eligibility criteria.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Medicare Payment Basics: Outpatient Hospital Services Payment System
Outlines Medicare's payments for outpatient hospital services. Features considerations for rural sole community hospitals.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Oregon Rural Hospitals
Shows a county-level map of Oregon identifying the location of rural hospitals including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), non-CAHs, and sole community hospitals.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program: 340B Drug Pricing Program Guide
Provides rural hospital administrators with information regarding the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Offers State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) directors and Flex Program coordinators a better understanding of the process hospitals must abide by to participate in the 340B Program.
Author(s): BKD CPAs & Advisors
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Medicaid: States' Use and Distribution of Supplemental Payments to Hospitals
Examines the use of disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments given to hospitals with more Medicaid and uninsured patients. Addresses differences in state Medicaid expansion status, uninsured percentage, and uncompensated care in relation to DSH payments. Includes state data on DSH payments and uncompensated care costs by rural/urban hospital location, as well as data on Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Sole Community Hospital DSH payments by state.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Guadalupe County Hospital Surpassing Six Month SRHT Goals
Features a Sole Community Hospital in Santa Rosa, New Mexico that participated in the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. Focuses on their use of LEAN to reduce days net accounts receivable, as well as their increase in services provided, non-measurable impacts, and more.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Drug Discount Program: Characteristics of Hospitals Participating and Not Participating in the 340B Program
Analyzes 2016 cost report data to describe and compare characteristics of 340B participating and non-participating hospitals, specifically examining three hospital types: Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Sole Community Hospitals (SCHs), and general acute care hospitals. Discusses trends related to decreased charity care and an increase in Medicaid expansion on 340B hospital participation.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Differences in Community Characteristics of Sole Community Hospitals
Findings brief presenting a snapshot of Sole Community Hospitals (SCHs) and their communities in 2015, and identifying trends in characteristics of selected SCHs and their communities from 2006 through 2015. Features statistics including breakdowns by large rural, small rural, and isolated rural location.
Author(s): Sharita R. Thomas, Mark Holmes, George H. Pink
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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The Financial Importance of the Sole Community Hospital Payment Designation
Investigates the economic importance of the Sole Community Hospital (SCH) program by reviewing data between 2006 and 2015 regarding the proportion of SCHs reimbursed at the hospital-specific rate, and their profitability of providing services to Medicare patients. Also, discusses the economic consequences that would occur if the SCH program was not in operation in 2015.
Author(s): Sharita R. Thomas, Randy Randolph, G. Mark Holmes, George H. Pink
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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