Critical Access Hospitals: Challenges and Opportunities

Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)—hospitals in rural and remote areas that qualify for this designation—are especially sensitive to changes in the health care landscape. Understand the top challenges CAHs face today and what leaders must do to respond.

The small scale and inherently unfavorable market environment of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) mean even small changes in circumstance—from Meaningful Use mandates to an aging patient population—can represent existential threats.

To thrive, CAH leaders must define the set of needs they will satisfy for their communities, build strong relationships with tertiary providers, invest in innovative care models to reduce labor demand, and maximize operating efficiency.

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