Critical Access Hospitals play an important role in the provision of long term care (LTC) services in rural communities, and are more likely than other rural and urban hospitals to provide "core" LTC including skilled and intermediate care nursing services. Trends over time showed a greater decline in CAHs than other hospitals in the provision of LTC services, suggesting that changes in LTC reimbursement policies could affect LTC access in rural communities.
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
Provision of Long Term Care Services by Critical Access Hospitals
Research and Policy Brief
March 31, 2011