Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation was introduced through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The first Wisconsin CAH hospitals were certified in 1999. One of the main objectives of the CAH program is to improve the financial stability of small, rural facilities. The purpose of this study is to analyze the financial condition of Wisconsin’s CAHs.
Authors: The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative