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

The Flex Program enables certain rural hospitals to be classified as Critical Access Hospitals. A CAH is able to improve its financial stability through enhanced Medicare reimbursement and reduced operating costs. A 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.

Map of all Oregon CAHs
Directory of Oregon’s CAHs

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 Meredith Guardino | | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376.

CAH Information