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Learn how to remain independent and succeed as a Community, Rural and Critical Access Hospital in today's evolving healthcare landscape.

Community Hospital Challenges and Problems

There were 2,000 community hospitals in the U.S. in 2012, but since then 20 of them have closed (or announced closure) or filed for bankruptcy. This is a trend that is likely to continue, because community hospital challenges and problems continue to mount up. The most common ones are:

  • The need to live on lower margins than larger hospitals/systems
  • A reduction in reimbursements
  • Difficulty securing and financing capital
  • Patients seeking lower-cost care alternatives because of Increasing responsibility for health care costs
  • Reduced patient visits and shorter hospital stays
  • Increasing competition from lower-priced retail clinics and health networks 
In addition, all hospitals are being affected by electronic health record (EHR) implementation, Meaningful Use compliance, and the new ICD-10 coding regulations – and community hospitals are being hit hardest by these challenges.

Electronic health record (EHR) implementation and MU compliance. The ability to collect and exchange health information is vital for any hospital’s success, because of federal mandates and interoperability requirements. However, complying with these mandates and solving the puzzle of how to share critical health care data is particularly burdensome for community hospitals that are short of capital and staff.

Implementing ICD-10.  Implementing the new ICD-10 coding system in a way that is efficient and compliant is critical for community hospitals, which can’t afford the cost and staff time required to deal with any significant problems it might introduce. 

Fortunately, there are ways to meet these challenges and solve these problems.

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