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Urge Congress to Expand Allowable Costs

The CARE Act is currently under consideration in the House and needs your support! Has your Member of Congress signed on to co-sponsor the Critical Access and Rural Equity (CARE) Act? Click here to find out. If your Member has not yet signed on to...


CMS Proposed Rule Reduces Burden on CAHs

September 19, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule that would reduce a handful of regulatory burdens on Critical Access Hospitals. As part of CMS’ Patients Over Paperwork initiative, CMS has identified unnecessarily burdensome regulations on CAHs to be removed. These reductions may...

13% of Americans Live in Counties With Primary Care Physician Shortages

September 12, 2018

UnitedHealth Group’s recent report details the extent of the physician shortage throughout the United States. The report finds that 13% of Americans (44 million people) live in the counties facing a primary care physician shortage. Rural residents are five times as likely to live in...

With Inadequate Reimbursement, 44 Percent of Rural Hospitals Operate at a Loss

September 04, 2018

Demographic shifts and improper reimbursement has rural hospitals facing increased risks of shutdown and bankruptcy as bad debt has risen by 50 percent. “The reason why hospitals are closing at such a rapid rate is they really are subsidizing the cost of care that they’re...

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