Data on Rural Hospitals
This table includes (1) all hospitals currently located in a rural area and (2) rural hospitals that have closed since 2005. Financial data are only shown if the hospital filed a Medicare Cost Report in 2012 or later. (The same data are shown in the map on the main page.)
Total Expenses shows the relative size of the hospital in terms of both inpatient and outpatient services. The amount shown is based on the most recent Cost Report available, which is 2019 for most hospitals.
Average Margins show the profitability of the hospital during the three most recent years for which Cost Reports are available, except that fiscal years ending in 2020 are excluded. (In most cases, the averages are based on 2017-2019 data). Year-by-year data are shown in Trend in Rural Hospital Margins.
Many small rural hospitals have a positive total margin despite incurring losses on patient services because they receive local tax revenues or state grants that offset the losses. If these other sources of revenue were to decrease or be terminated, the hospital would no longer have revenues sufficient to cover its costs.
Additional details on the methodology are available in the Methodology section.
The table can be sorted by clicking the arrows next to each column heading. The data can be restricted to a specific state or hospital or to hospitals within a specific range of expenses or margins using the filtering boxes.