Service Limitation Options for Limited Service Rural Hospitals. UMN RHRC Working Paper #1.

Publication Date: March 2nd, 1993
Publication Type(s): Working Paper
Author(s): Moscovice, I., Wellever, A., Sales, A., Chen, M., Christianson, J.

This paper — the RHRC’s first working paper, dated 1993 — presents an alternative to a length-of-stay limit for defining service limitations for limited service rural hospitals, such as the rural primary care hospital (RCPH).  The analysis indicates that:

  • Small rural hospitals admit patients in a limited number of DRG categories, which typically represent low-intensity medical admissions.
  • Small rural hospitals transfer relatively few cases to other hospitals.
  • Lengths of stay in small rural hospitals frequently exceed three or four days.

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