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Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) – Organizations

American Hospital Association Rural Health Services
Represents the interests of small and rural hospitals and ensures that the unique needs of this segment of American Hospital Association's membership are a national priority.
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Operates the Medicare and Medicaid programs - two national healthcare programs that benefit millions of Americans. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Website includes access to research, statistics, and data related to these programs.
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Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Coordinates activities related to rural healthcare within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Focuses on matters affecting rural hospitals and healthcare, coordinating activities within the department that relate to rural healthcare, and maintaining a national information clearinghouse.
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Flex Monitoring Team
Performance monitoring project for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) conducted by the Rural Health Research Centers at the Universities of Minnesota, North Carolina, and Southern Maine. The monitoring project is assessing the impact of the Flex Program on Critical Access Hospitals and their communities and the role of states in achieving overall program objectives.
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NRHA Constituency Groups
National Rural Health Association (NRHA) groups representing individual and organizational interests and professions reflective of the broader NRHA membership. Constituency group focus areas include clinical services, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, research and education, and more.
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Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance (RQITA) Resource Center (RQITA)
Provides technical assistance to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other rural healthcare organizations to improve healthcare and quality of care using data, measurement, and improvement activities. Offers information and resources on quality improvement and the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP).
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Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC)
Assists states with all aspects of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program), including Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) conversion, networking, integrating EMS services into rural medical delivery systems, and performance improvement. TASC is the technical assistance center for the Flex Program, and a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center.
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Last Reviewed: 9/3/2021