Jan 27, 2023 - The process of converting Sturgis Hospital in Michigan from a traditional facility to a Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) may be complete by spring. The 97-year-old hospital has been losing money, largely due to cost of inpatient services, and officials determined changing to an REH would keep the hospital open to the community.
Source: Sturgis Journal
Jan 26, 2023 - Brief summaries of news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on topics including Medicaid postpartum coverage expansion in Alabama and North Dakota, efforts to lower prescription drug costs, and guidance for Rural Emergency Hospitals.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jan 20, 2023 - Arkansas House Bill 1127, or the Rural Emergency Hospital Act, would give the Arkansas Department of Health authority to license hospitals as "Rural Emergency Hospitals." This designation would allow qualifying rural hospitals to be reimbursed at a higher rate for outpatient services and procedures, and would support acute care emergency care in communities where other types of care might not be available.
Jan 16, 2023 - A bill introduced in the Iowa House is the first step in setting up a state licensing process for Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs). If approved, the REH license would increase reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medicaid patients treated in an emergency room, and could be a financial lifeline for more than 30 small Iowa hospitals .
Source: Radio Iowa
Jan 4, 2023 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to the November 23, 2022, final rule
. This correction is effective January 1, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 28, 2022 - Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, discusses challenges faced by rural healthcare facilities, including workforce shortages, risk of closure due to cuts in funding, and underuse of telehealth due to lack of broadband. The new Rural Emergency Hospital designation could ensure that healthcare would be provided in communities that have recently experienced hospital closure or have a hospital with low inpatient volume.
Dec 9, 2022 - Discusses the complications facing rural hospitals considering transitioning to the new Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) status, particularly regarding the requirement that facilities end inpatient care. Describes the potential for the designation to support rural access to emergency services, and highlights the difficult decision for a rural Idaho community. May require a subscription to view the full article.
Source: New York Times
Dec 7, 2022 - Describes the financial struggles facing rural hospitals in Iowa and across the Midwest, noting the economic and service impact of hospital closures on rural communities. Discusses the new Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) model, which aims to provide a way for rural hospitals to avoid closure, but notes barriers to adopting the model related to inpatient care and reimbursement.