The Community Impact of CAHs (Policy Brief #2)

Publication Date: Feb 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: Policy Brief #2

This publication presents the findings of a project to understand the community involvement and impact of CAHs and the Flex Program.  An associated briefing paper presents these results in greater detail.

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.