Critical Access Hospital

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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
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