Avoid rural conclusions
Re: the “Most profitable critical-access hospitals,” (By The Numbers, April 16, p. 31), it should be noted that all of the Wisconsin hospitals listed are part of larger organizations. As such, the information on profitability reported in Medicare cost reports is more likely reflective of the results of that larger organization than from the individual hospital. Drawing any conclusions from this chart about the profitability from the provision of patient services at any of the individual hospitals involved would be inappropriate.
Tim Size Executive director Rural Wisconsin Hospital Cooperative
Sauk City, Wis.