Across the nation, the rural health safety net is vulnerable. Since 2010, more than 60 rural and Critical Access Hospitals have closed, and our research has identified 673 which are also vulnerable for closure. The potential loss of these facilities would be a significant blow to communities already limited in their access to healthcare.
Leveraging the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX, the 2016 Rural Relevance Study offers the industry’s most authoritative assessment of rural performance. Amidst the vulnerability, our analysis once again reveals important metrics demonstrating those hospitals which are vulnerable and those which represent value. Read the study which will shape the national conversation on rural healthcare throughout 2016.
The health of a population can vary greatly from one community to next. A new component of the Rural Relevance Study, the Health Disparities Index uses a dozen indicators to measure health and access. This new metric is important in furthering understanding of which rural hospitals have the odds stacked against them — and which are delivering top performance despite the health challenges of their local communities.
What can we learn from hospitals defying the odds and how can we apply those lessons to help the most vulnerable rural hospitals?