Document Type

Policy Brief

Publication Date



Cutler, Population Health and Health Policy


In 2007, the Flex Monitoring Team conducted a national telephone survey of 381 CAH administrators covering a wide variety of questions concerning hospitals’ community benefit and impact activities. This Briefing Paper reports on the community benefit and impact findings of this survey.

Key Findings:

  • Most CAHs offer financial assistance to patients.
  • CAHs are engaged in activities that demonstrate their commitment to community and rural health system needs.
  • Many CAHs have relationships with community organizations including hospitals, primary care providers, emergency medical services, and schools.

Funding Organization or Grant

This study was conducted by the Flex Monitoring Team with funding from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (PHS Grant No. U27RH01080)