Rethinking the Critical Access Hospital

From HealthLeaders Media:

The ongoing crisis confronting critical access hospitals across the nation has prompted a rethinking of the most cost- and resource-effective roles they can play in care delivery for rural America.

The Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation, a think-tank attached to the Kansas Hospital Association, is in the midst of a “paper test” with five CAHs that volunteered for the study. They’re trying to determine the viability of transitioning away from the traditional 24/7, inpatient and emergency care model and toward a more proactive “primary health center” care model which focuses on prevention, community and population health, and access to primary and urgent care.