CLA’s Gold Standard Performance Summary for Critical Access Hospitals

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Today, more than 1,200 hospitals are designated as critical access hospitals (CAHs). Each hospital takes advantage of the CAH designation in different ways, so the performance of these hospitals varies greatly. At the request of our clients, we developed a report to offer insights into the success of top-performing CAHs in hopes of identifying practices that can help your organization thrive even throughout a tumultuous present and uncertain future in the health care field.

What makes a Gold Standard?

Gold Standard performance criteria were created by CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) as a way to identify, measure, and learn from the top performers. With the sweeping changes in health care, it was important to look beyond financial performance alone and create an approach that integrates a more robust evaluation of several indicators of value as identified in the Triple Aim.

This report examines publicly available data on more than 1,200 CAHs, which includes financial, quality, patient satisfaction, total cost of care (TCOC), and county health results from 2015 through 2019.

CLA identifies the top CAHs as “Gold Standard performers” based on their ability to achieve significantly above average performance on all key areas of focus over a sustained period of time, which can help you understand how to succeed not just day-to-day, but over the long term.

Download the Gold Standard Performance Summary

Access the Critical Access Hospital Gold Standard Performance Summary by filling out the short form below. After the form is submitted, you will receive an email with links to download the document.