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Mortality rates rise at critical-access hospitals: study
Modern Healthcare

Faced with tight budgets and aging patient populations, critical-access hospitals have seen their mortality rates increase during the past decade, even as such rates have dropped at other acute-care hospitals, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health assessed risk-adjusted 30-day mortality rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia at critical-access and non-critical access hospitals using Medicare fee-for-service data from 2002 through 2010.