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On April 14, President Biden signed H.R. 1868 into law fixing two important issues for CAHs. The new law extends the suspension of the 2% across-the-board Medicare sequestration through the end of the year. It also corrects some of the provisions included in the year-end...

The Chartis Center for Rural Health has released its annual list of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the U.S. To determine the 2021 list, the Chartis Center used the Hospital Strength Index, which assesses performance in eight areas: inpatient market share, outpatient market...

Congress has cleared the path for congressional committees to create the next stimulus package, currently pegged at $1.9 trillion. An amendment by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that was adopted on the Senate floor would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to strengthening the Provider Relief Fund,...

More than 100 rural hospitals closed from January 2013-February 2020, leading to people living in areas having to travel further to get the same health care services - about 20 miles further for common services like inpatient care and about 40 miles for less common services like...

CMS has revised its COVID-19 data reporting requirements for hospitals, as well as CAHs, effective with the publication of the Outpatient Prospective Payment rule, scheduled for December 29.  The rule expands data reporting to include current inventory supplies of any COVID-19-related therapeutics, current usage rate...

Rural residents, as many as 33 percent, may choose to seek inpatient care at hospitals located in urban areas, even though the service is available at nearby rural hospitals, according to a new report released by CMS. Additionally, the highest "bypass rate" was for critical access hospitals...