Kentucky report highlights value of critical access hospitals

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A new report from the Kentucky Hospital Association highlights the value of critical access hospitals to the state in the areas of quality, patient satisfaction, economic impact, cost of care and access to comprehensive health care services. At a briefing on the study, KHA disagreed with a recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, which recommended that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seek legislative authority to remove and reevaluate certain CAHs’ special Medicare status. CAHs receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement on a reasonable cost basis, defined as 101% of the cost of care. KHA President Michael Rust said the CAH payment “has helped ensure continued access to essential acute care services in rural areas, where 44% of Kentuckians reside.” AHA also has voiced concerns about the OIG report.

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