Oregon's Critical Access Hospitals (CAH)
Oregon has 25 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program, established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33), is available to all 50 states. Its intent is to support rural and frontier communities to provide health care services that meet community needs, and help assure the financial viability of small, rural hospitals.
Benefits and Eligibility
full list of benefits is available.
In Oregon, the process of designation is coordinated by the Oregon Office of Rural Health. Please see eligibility requirements or call the Office of Rural Health to discuss eligibility.
CAH Information and Resources
CAH Community Benefit Reporting and 501(c)(3) Compliance Requirements
2016 Community Benefit Reporting Highlights
A Review of Community Benefit Reporting Challenges for Critical Access Hospitals in Oregon (Verité Healthcare Consulting, LLC, 2017)
IRS: Final Requirements for 501(c)(3) Hospitals Under the Affordable Care Act
Checklist: Community Health Needs Assessment 501(r) Requirements (Verité Healthcare Consulting, LLC)
Webinar: Ensuring IRS 501(r) Compliance as a Rural Hospital (Verité Healthcare Consulting, LLC, OAHHS and ORH)
CAH Best Practices ResearchThe Flex Monitoring Team Publishes research on CAH best practices for quality, operations and finance, and community engagement.
Funding OpportunitiesRural Health Information Hub's Funding Resource
Each state and payer defines telemedicine and telehealth differently. In Oregon, telemedicine is defined in ORS 743A.058 as services "delivered through a two-way video communication that allows a health professional to interact with a patient who is at an originating site."
For more information about becoming a Critical Access Hospital, technical assistance needs or the Flex Program, please contact Meredith Guardino | firstname.lastname@example.org | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376.