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Resources by Topic: Critical Access Hospitals

Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration (FCHIP)
An overview of a CMS demonstration to develop and test new models of integrated, coordinated health care in the most sparsely-populated rural counties with the goal of improving health outcomes and reducing Medicare expenditures.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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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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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). Developed by the Montana Flex program.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Hospital Association
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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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CAH Legislative History
Describes pieces of legislation that have resulted in the creation and modification of the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) program.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Medicare Learning Network: Rural Providers & Suppliers Billing
Provides Medicare billing information by provider type and type of service, including information on where to submit claims. Includes information for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Home Health Agencies, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Skilled Nursing Facilities, 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 organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Technical Assistance and Services Center
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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 (CAHs) 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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Interoperability Training Courses
Provides online training for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) focused on the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Rule. Covers how to implement new standards to support transitions of care, lab exchange, patient engagement, and public health measures.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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