Critical Access Hospital
Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Critical Access Hospital?
Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) receive cost-based reimbursements from Medicare and ensure delivery of quality health care in rural communities. CAH is a designation met by defined criteria and is outlined by the Conditions of Participation which include, but are not limited to:
- Inpatient care, laboratory, radiology; some ancillary support, part-time and off site.
- No more than 25 acute care beds (PIMC is a 10-bed facility)
- Part-time dietitian, pharmacist, lab technologist and radiological technologist
- Patient hospitalization no longer than an average of 96 hours, and;
- Provide 24/7 Emergency Room care staffed with local physicians and RNs