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Critical Access Hospitals

The Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) program works to improve access to rural health care and reduce rural hospital closures. Critical Access Hospitals provide essential services to a community. CAH’s are reimbursed by Medicare on a reasonable cost basis for services provided to Medicare patients.

The Flex Monitoring Team maintains a list of Critical Access Hospitals which includes the hospital name, city, state, ZIP code and effective date of CAH status.


For State Flex Profiles and/or technical assistance
National Rural Health Resource Center
Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC)
State Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Contacts
Phone: 218.727.9390

For questions about CMS regulations
CMS Regional Rural Representatives

For survey and certification questions
CMS State Survey Agency Directory

There are more organizations related to Critical Access Hospitals in the organizations section.

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Last Reviewed: 9/24/2013

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