NRHA Policy Responses

2013 Office of Inspector General report

NRHA responded in 2013 to the Office of Inspector General's report on critical access hospitals 

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services released a report that, if fully implemented, could close hundreds of rural hospitals across the nation, reducing access to health care for millions of rural patients while costing taxpayers more money.

The 34-page report on critical access hospitals (CAHs) asks Congress to allow CMS to strip CAH status from any facility that came into the program under state "necessary provider" designations.

For some states this could mean that as many as 70 percent of CAHs could lose the status.

In response, NRHA sent a letter to House and Senate leadership about the vital importance of CAHs.

Your elected officials need to hear from you about the work your CAH does for your rural community. NRHA has put together talking points about the vital importance of these facilities.

NRHA hosted a webinar to lay out the concerns we have about this report and the challenges that CAHs may face on Capitol Hill in the near future.