Among critical access hospitals, big spending and network affiliation determine advanced imaging access

Many rural hospitals with fewer than 25 inpatient beds and at least a 35-mile drive away from any other hospital are certified as critical access hospitals (CAHs). CAHs receive larger reimbursements from Medicare, and they have been shown to provide improved care and hospital access to underserved communities.

All CAHs provide basic imaging services, but not all of them provide advanced services such as MRI, CT, ultrasound, or mammography. So what determines which imaging services a CAH is able to provide? Read more.

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