What is the impact of health reforms on uncompensated care in critical access hospitals? A 5-Year Forecast in Washington State
Health Care Reform
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Policy makers and health care managers should note that a substantial portion of the newly insured from the ACA will most likely be Medicaid participants. Given this source of lower revenue per case, critical access hospital administrators should seek additional public and private sources of revenue. Most importantly, rural hospital managers must maintain or improve their cost efficiency, while serving the needs of their rural population as we move closer toward the implementation of health reforms.