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Resources by Topic: Rural Emergency Hospitals

The Benefits and Challenges of Converting to a Rural Emergency Hospital
Podcast episode with Anson General Hospital's Chief Executive Office and Chief Nursing Officer regarding the hospital's transition to a Rural Emergency Hospital. Discusses changes to services offered, financial and operational impacts of the conversion, and what the local patient population thinks about the transition.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Rural Hospitals and the New Rural Emergency Hospital Designation
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Janice Walters, Chief Operating Officer for the Rural Health Redesign Center, home of the Rural Emergency Hospital Technical Assistance Center. Offers an overview of Medicare's Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation, which became available on January 1, 2023.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Big Changes with the New Rural Emergency Hospital Model
Podcast episode providing an overview of the Rural Emergency Hospital designation. Discusses the role of the Rural Emergency Hospital Technical Assistance Center and the types of support it provides.
Date: 04/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Rural Emergency Hospital Requirements: CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
Provides a reference source for Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) requirements related to the final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), "Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers." Includes excerpts from the REH Conditions of Participation regarding emergency preparedness, as well as CMS interpretive guidelines for 17 other provider types. Covers the development of an emergency plan, related policies and procedures, communications, training, and more.
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response
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Orientation to Rural Emergency Hospital Conversion and Technical Assistance, Additional Guidance
Recording of a March 1, 2023, webinar discussing the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) program. Provides an overview of January 2023 guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, including REH action plans, transfer agreements, self-attestation to Conditions of Participation, the REH application process, and the rural status distance exception. Transcript available in the video description.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 03/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Mathematica, Rural Health Redesign Center
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Rural Emergency Hospitals and Rural Hospital Innovation Grant
A webinar that discusses the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation, services provided, eligibility, the review process, payment model, and more. Provides information on the Rural Hospital Innovation Grant (RHIG) as well as how REH designation could impact and/or benefit healthcare facilities in Kansas.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Date: 03/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Chartis Center for Rural Health Research & Resources for the 2023 National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute Conference
Offers research and analysis of the stability of the rural healthcare safety net. Includes Rural Health Safety Net Under Renewed Pressure as Pandemic Fades and presentation slides on this report from the 2023 National Rural Health Association Policy Institute. Provides links to national and state data tables showing the financial impact of federal policies on rural hospitals.
Date: 02/2023
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Chartis Center for Rural Health
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Rural Health Safety Net Under Renewed Pressure as Pandemic Fades
Examines financial and operational metrics for rural hospitals, comparing hospitals in states that did and did not expand Medicaid, as well as the discontinuation of obstetrics and chemotherapy services. Discusses how the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation can provide a path forward for some rural facilities and explores seven characteristics that may have the greatest impact on a facility's consideration to convert to an REH.
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Chartis Center for Rural Health
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Hospitals in Illinois that are Likely to Seek the Rural Emergency Hospital Designation: An Exploratory Analysis
Examines hospitals in Illinois in rural and urban locations that may potentially seek the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation. Analyzes factors such as population density, size of hospital, specialist vs. utilitarian hospital, for-profit status, and more to hypothesize potential REH membership.
Author(s): Adee Athiyaman
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
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Guidance for Rural Emergency Hospital Provisions, Conversion Process and Conditions of Participation
Provides guidance regarding the enrollment and conversion processes for facilities interested in participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs as a Rural Emergency Hospital (REH). Covers eligibility, enrollment, conversion action plans, action plans, and attestation. Includes answers to frequently asked questions about the REH program and State Operations Manual Appendix O - Survey Protocol, Regulations and Interpretive Guidelines for Rural Emergency Hospitals.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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