Critical Access Hospitals & Rural Health Facilities

Almost one fifth of the US population lives in a rural area. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other small, Rural Health Facilities (RHFs) provide vital services in rural areas and often serve as the foundations of rural health care delivery systems. Residents of rural areas face barriers to accessing health care services that include traveling long distances to seek care. Since rural hospitals are often the sole local source for patient care in rural communities, they are more likely to offer additional services that otherwise would not be accessible to residents.

Data Source:     
CAH & RHF Program Update

Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS):
Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS):
Past Rules
IPPS Past (Proposed and Final) 2017 Rules
IPPS Past (Proposed and Final) 2016 Rules
Medicare Outpatient Observation Notification (MOON):
OPPS/ASC Past (Proposed and Final) 2017 Rules
OPPS/ASC Past (Proposed and Final) 2016 Rules