In Summer 2006, the third issue of the CAH Financial Indicators Report was distributed to all Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) with a Medicare Cost Report for at least 360 days as a CAH in the public use file, and to Flex program coordinators in 45 states that had CAHs. The primary purpose of the report was to provide CAH administrators and state Flex coordinators with twenty comparative financial indicators that were specifically designed to capture the financial performance of CAHs. The report included the hospital value over time, the 2004 state median, and the 2004 national median for each indicator. The indicator values were calculated using the most recent publicly available Medicare Cost Report data.
This report summarizes the 2004 state and national medians for each indicator. The indicators are grouped by financial dimension: profitability, liquidity, capital structure, revenue, cost, and utilization. The Appendix to this report includes the median values for each indicator by state. This enables the values for all the indicators for one state to be viewed on one page. Information about the definition and interpretation of the indicators can be found in the document “Briefing Paper No. 7. Financial Indicators for Critical Access Hospitals May 2005.”
The Flex Monitoring Team also produces state-specific reports with more detailed results.