Exploring the Community Impact of CAHs (Briefing Paper #14)

Publication Date: Jan 2007
Author(s): Gale J, Coburn AF, Freeman V, Gregg W, Slifkin RT
Research Center(s): Maine
Project: Measuring Community Impact and Benefit of Critical Access Hospitals
Topic(s): Community Benefit, Community Engagement, Health Care Services
Notes: Briefing Paper #14

This publication presents the findings of a project to understand the community involvement and impact of CAHs and the Flex Program.  It provides greater depth and discussion than the associated policy brief, which is designed to summarize key findings and identify important trends.   For state-level CAH community impact data, browse State-Level Financial, Quality, & Community Data.

Key Findings:

  • CAHs are expanding services that positively impact their communities.
  • Strategies to meet community need include: 1) Growth/expansion strategies for services that contribute to CAH’s longterm viability, and 2) services that address specific unmet community needs and are subsidized by the hospital.
  • CAHs are not consistently reporting on the ways in which they benefit and impact their communities.
  • More formal performance measures capturing CAH community impact are needed.