Oregon's Critical Access Hospitals (CAH)
Oregon has 25 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) located throughout the state. 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 allow rural communities to preserve access to primary care and emergency health care services, 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.
Questions and ORH Technical Assistance
Want to know more about the CAH Program? Download our FAQ.
ORH provides technical assistance to Oregon CAH’s in the following areas:
- Community Engagement and Health System Development
- Operational and Financial Improvement
- Quality Improvement, including the Medicare Benificiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP)
For more information about becoming a Critical Access Hospital, technical assistance needs or the Flex Program, please contact Maeve McClellanTrick, Hospital Technical Assistance Specialist, | firstname.lastname@example.org | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376.
- The Flex Monitoring Team publishes research on CAH best practices for quality, operations and finance, and community engagement.
- Rural Assistance Center’s Funding Resource
- Provision of Observation Services in Critical Access Hospitals
- Facility Replacement