Flex Program

Flex Program

Upcoming Flex Events

Past Flex Events

CAH Information

  • List of Current CAH Hospitals in Oregon
  • Materials for Participation—detailed information
  • Provision of Observation Services in Critical Access Hospitals
  • The revised Rural Health Bookmark (April 2009), which provides information about educational resources that are available to the rural health community, is available in downloadable and print formats.
  • The Rural Health Fact Sheet Series (Summer 2009), which provides information about rural facility types and coverage and payment policies, is available in CD-ROM format. The following publications are included in the fact sheet series:
    • Critical Access Hospital;
    • Federally Qualified Health Center;
    • Medicare Dependent Hospital;
    • Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital;
    • Rural Health Clinic;
    • Rural Referral Center;
    • Sole Community Hospital;
    • Swing Bed; and
    • Telehealth Services.

To access the downloadable version of the Rural Health Bookmark, visit CMS' website.

Flex Monitoring Team Reports

The Rural Health Research Centers at the Universities of Minnesota, North Carolina, and Southern Maine, under contract with the federal Office of Rural Health Policy are cooperatively conducting a performance monitoring project for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program).

The monitoring project assesses the impact of the Flex Program on rural hospitals and communities and the role of states in achieving overall program objectives, including improving access to and the quality of health care services; improving the financial performance of Critical Access Hospitals; and engaging rural communities in health care system development.

Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network

A group of interested rural hospitals, state agencies, and other constituents have been working since 2005 to develop the Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network (ORHQN).

This network was formed with the goal of improving the quality and safety of rural health care in Oregon. The network will help rural providers overcome common challenges including geographic isolation, lack of opportunity to participate in a larger system, economic challenges, limited educational opportunities, smaller patient census, and limited information technology. The group was awarded federal funding to engage in the process of planning for the network over the next year.

Community Health Improvement Partnership

The Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) develops ways to improve local health care and is about people becoming involved in health policy decisions both as individuals and as concerned community members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about the Flex Program? Download our FAQ.


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