Critical Access Hospital Defined
PeaceHealth United General Medical Center is a critical access hospital (CAH), which allows us to provide better access to more services, in a safer and more comprehensive setting.
The federal CAH program is designed to make sure that people on Medicare have access to health care services in rural areas. A hospital designated as a CAH receives a higher payment from Medicare for services it provides, therefore helping the hospital maintain its high quality care. The CAH program requires that a hospital limit the number of in-patients it serves and the length of time inpatients may stay, in addition to other regulations.
In Washington state, the CAH program is administered by the Department of Health. PeaceHealth United General was awarded CAH status in 2004.