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CAH Status Threatened by New HOPD Policy

A Critical Access Hospital in Oregon has had their CAH status threatened after an HOPD opened within 10 miles of their facility.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pursuing a new policy that could jeopardize the status of dozens, if not hundreds, of Critical Access Hospital...


Upcoming Funding Opportunity

April 23, 2018

HRSA released the following information in their update on the government’s response to the opioid crisis: COMING SOON! The rural communities opioid response funding opportunity! The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) plans to award up to 75...

Bill Introduced to Remove 96 Hour Rule

April 20, 2018

Adrian Smith (R-NE-3) introduced a bill removing the 96-hour rule on Critical Access Hospitals. The bill has since been referred the House Committee on Ways and Means. The Critical Access Hospital Coalition will continue to monitor the status of this legislation.

In Critical Condition: Critical Access Hospitals

April 19, 2018

“In rural communities across the United States, citizens depend on front-line healthcare services from 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Twenty-three percent of Americans live in rural areas; these facilities are often an area’s sole care provider. Sadly, today many CAHs face closure as proposed federal...

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Upcoming Events

Overcoming Physician Recruitment Challenges in Critical Access Hospitals

May 15 @ 3:00 pm


Join the CAH Coalition and Stephanie Hobson for a webinar on overcoming physician recruitment and retention obstacles in Critical Access…


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April 2018 Newsletter

The April 2018 issue of The Pulse details a new CMS policy that puts CAHs in danger of losing their status and the 96-hour bill introduced in the House. Karen Barber, CEO of Yoakum Community Hospital, discusses the importance of board communication and teamwork at...