Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Among Nation's Best

October 05, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) announced today at its Critical Access Hospital Conference the names of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in America. The Top 100 scored best on the Hospital Strength Index™, in this first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs. NRHA also announced a partnership with iVantage Health Analytics to improve and advance business intelligence and benchmarking for rural healthcare and to support the 1,750 rural hospitals whose executives are seeking to improve performance.

The Hospital Strength Index™ incorporates 56 different measures of performance to help identify those hospitals that are best prepared for success under the new healthcare. The Index includes a unique set of measures rating Market Strength, Value-based Strength and Financial Strength as key pillars for benchmarking and setting new goals under health reform. The Market Strength includes competitive strength, intensity, size and growth factors essential to ACO development.   The Value-based Strength includes quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and cost and charge indicators that are essential for earning rewards under CMS' Value-based Purchasing reimbursement incentives. The Financial Strength includes income statement and balance sheet ratios most predictive of long-term sustainability that are essential under an environment of reduced payments.

NRHA named the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, as determined by the Hospital Strength Index™, recognizing the top performance of hospitals that are the safety net to communities across the country.