A Comparison of Rural and Urban Specialty Hospitals

This study from the North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center addresses three types of specialty hospitals: long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. The research compares urban and rural specialty hospitals by percent of inpatient days for rural residents and for Medicare beneficiaries, among other factors, and also looks at operating expenses, Medicaid days, and profitability.