Critical Access Hospital Program: Economic and Community Impact in Illinois
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The Illinois Critical Access Network (ICAHN) is a not-for-profit entity that works with member critical access hospitals to share resources, provide education opportunities, promote operational efficiency and improve health services in their respective communities. In 2006, ICAHN partnered with the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to analyze the economic impact critical access hospitals (CAHs) generate in Illinois. This project builds on that work. The current project updates information on the effects of CAH designation on various aspects of CAH operations, including revenues and expenditures. This report examines four additional areas: the current economic condition of CAHs and services provided; the impact of the current recession and CAH responses; the economic impact of CAHs on their communities, regions, and statewide; and CAHs adaptation to technology, organizational and personnel changes, and related trends.