The purpose of this thesis is to examine return on equity (ROE) of critical access hospitals (CAH) in the State of Washington, in order to determine the extent to which CAH designation is associated with their financial sustainability for 3-years prior and post-CAH designation. An interrupted time series study design is used to assess ROE trends before CAH designation, at the time of conversion, and after CAH designation. The descriptive results provide a 6-year trend for the dependent variable indicating that the CAHs have increased in ROE ratios. However, there was no statistical significance from this study supporting the hypothesis and questioning the effective use of CAH program funds. Policy and managerial implications of this study include debt management, cost control, and CAH program as a whole. CAH managers must develop and implement a comprehensive policy in addition to controlling costs to help assure their financial sustainability.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
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