What is a CAH?

A Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a rural hospital with fewer than 25 acute care beds located at least 35 miles, or 15 by mountainous terrain or secondary roads, from the nearest hospital unless designated as a “Necessary Provider” by a state plan. A CAH is certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. The reimbursement that CAHs receive is intended to improve their financial performance and thereby reduce hospital closures.

Source: RHIhub Critical Access Hospitals Topic Guide.


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