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Resources by Topic: Critical Access Hospitals

Medicare Learning Network: Swing Bed Services
Provides information about the requirements Critical Access Hospitals must meet in order to enter into a swing bed agreement under which they can use beds, as needed, to provide either acute or Skilled Nursing Facility care.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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HIMSS Rural Health IT Resource Center
Addresses the health information technology opportunities and challenges faced by rural healthcare providers. Members include rural health clinics, critical access hospitals, networks and medical practices. Areas of focus include HIE, meeting incentive program objectives, quality initiatives and healthcare reform. Membership is open to HIMSS members.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
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Access to Capital - Rural Hospital
January 2013 webinar, presented by Hal Fudge, MidFirst Bank; and Darin Simmons, HIT Research Center. Provides an overview of how to prepare a rural or critical access hospital to apply for a capital loan program. Specifically discusses loans for electronic health record (EHR) equipment and upgrades.
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Sample Flex - Quality Improvement Organization Contract
Provides a sample memorandum of agreement that can be used by an organization when contracting with a quality improvement organization (QIO). It was developed by the Montana Flex program.
Type: Document
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Medication Safety Assessment Form
Provides a form for critical access hospitals to assess medication safety. Developed by the Florida Flex program with their Quality Improvement Organization, which is the Florida Medical Quality Assurance Incorporated.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Florida Office of Rural Health
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Medicare Learning Network: Billing Information for Rural Providers and Suppliers
Provides Medicare billing information by provider type and type of service, including information on where to submit claims. Includes information for Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, and Swing Bed services.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Medicare Learning Network: Critical Access Hospital
Booklet providing information about Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation and payments. Includes a list of CAH resources and helpful websites.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Flex Program Fundamentals
Provides overview information on the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program, which supports Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Designed to be a resource for current Flex Program staff, as well as an orientation manual for new staff.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Technical Assistance and Services Center
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Facts about Critical Access Hospital Accreditation
Discusses accreditation of Critical Access Hospitals, including benefits, standards, the survey process, performance measurements, and cost.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Resources for Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals
Provides information to meet the health information technology (HIT) needs of Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and small, rural hospitals. Covers benefits of HIT, overcoming barriers to HIT adoptions and implementation, and meaningful use resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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