Mortality rates rise at critical access hospitals

Despite receiving extra payments because of their isolation in rural communities, the mortality rates at critical access hospitals appear to be on the rise, reported Kaiser Health News. Mortality rates at critical access hospitals have been increasing 0.1 percent annually in recent years, and stood at 13.3 percent in 2010. That compares to a dropping mortality rate at other hospitals. Non-critical access facilities reported a mortality rate nearly two percentage points lower in 2010. Article

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