A new study published in JAMA sought to evaluate trends in mortality for patients receiving care at CAHs and compare these trends with those for patients receiving care at non-CAHs. Critical access hospitals (CAHs) provide inpatient care to Americans living in rural communities. These hospitals are at high risk of falling behind with respect to quality improvement, owing to their limited resources and vulnerable patient populations. How they have fared on patient outcomes during the past decade is unknown. Findings from the study indicate among Medicare beneficiaries with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia, 30-day mortality rates for those admitted to CAHs, compared with those admitted to other acute care hospitals, increased from 2002 to 2010. New efforts may be needed to help CAHs improve.
Study evaluates mortality rates for Medicare beneficiaries admitted to critical access and non–critical access hospitals
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