What Makes Us A Critical Access Hospital:
Southern Inyo Healthcare District has been designated a Critical Access Hospital, as defined by the Office of Rural Health Policy , part of The Health Resources & Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
The Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Program was established to aid in the continuation of healthcare services for rural residents.
- Aids in the continuation of health care services for rural residents
- Enables hospitals to be eligible for cost-based Medicare reimbursement for inpatient and outpatient services
- With a signed MOA, hospitals are eligible to receive enhanced reimbursement from Medicaid and the State Health Benefit Plan (SBHP)
A Critical Access Hospital:
- Can limit services and utilize physician assistants and /or nurse practitioners in an effort to reduce their loss
- May choose to maintain its current services; however, the hospital must agree to the bed size and annual impatient length of stay limits
- Provides small, rural hospitals with a range of opportunities for service enhancement, quality of care improvement, and certain economies of scale through network participation