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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Study Design

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  • Study sample: Fifty per cent regionally stratified national sample of rural hospitals in the U.S. with Medicare Cost Report data (N= 821), excluding hospitals that merged during the study time period.
  • Time Frame: 1996-2003
  • Outcome variable: Financial status as measured by Total Margin (Net income/Total revenues)

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