This paper explores various articles about how critical access hospitals are an important part of the community they reside in, along with the effects of healthcare requirements to these hospitals and their patients. We will discuss pros and cons of critical access hospitals in rural communities versus urban city hospitals. This paper will discuss ethics, reimbursement, profit versus not-for-profit facilities, revenue cycle, outsourcing versus in house billing, how the government effects healthcare, ethical values of the hospital and its staff, and overall education about critical access hospitals including just what it takes to keep them going that will help patients understand how important these small, “Band-Aid” hospitals actually mean to their community and why they need to continue supporting them. A majority of the information in this paper is from personal knowledge as I have worked deeply in this field for over 3 years along with degrees and certificates backing up my knowledge.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2017

Senior Project Advisor

George Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Commerce & Leadership

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