Exploring the Community Impact of CAHs (Briefing Paper #14)

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Briefing Paper

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This publication presents the findings of a project to understand the community involvement and impact of CAHs and the Flex Program. It provides greater depth and discussion than the associated policy brief, which is designed to summarize key findings and identify important trends. For state-level CAH community impact data, browse State Profiles.

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.


Community Impact

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Exploring the Community Impact of CAHs (Briefing Paper #14)