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Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) is Medicare-provider designation given to eligible rural hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to rural hospital closures and to promote health equity for people living in rural communities by providing access to needed services. REHs are required to provide 24-hour emergency and observation services and can elect to furnish other outpatient services.

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Big Changes with the New Rural Emergency Hospital Model
This podcast provides an overview of the Rural Emergency Hospital designation and explains the role of the Rural Emergency Hospital Technical Assistance Center and the types of support it provides.
Podcast    Date Added: 05/01/2023    Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2024 11:03AM  
Rural Emergency Hospitals
Medicare patients can get emergency care and other services at rural emergency hospitals (REH) on an outpatient basis. This article lists the criteria a facility must meet to be considered an REH, along with information about how to bill for such services.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/09/2023    Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2024 11:01AM  
Rural Emergency Hospital Fact Sheet
This fact sheet from the Medicare Learning Network provides an overview of Rural Emergency Hospitals (REH), designed to deliver emergency hospital, observation and other services to Medicare patients on an outpatient basis.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/03/2024    Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2024 7:41AM  
Rural Emergency Hospitals Map
This interactive map displays the location of hospitals across the U.S. that have converted to Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs) since January 2023. The site also provides sortable and downloadable lists containing information about each hospital, including previous Medicare payment status.
Web link    Date Added: 01/03/2024    Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2024 11:10AM  
Rural Emergency Hospital Resources
Beginning January 1, 2023, rural hospitals that qualify can seek the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program aims to ensure access to critical outpatient hospital services in communities that may not have a Critical Access Hospital or small rural hospital. REH-designated facilities will get enhanced Medicare payments for certain outpatient services. This webpage has links to resources that explain the program.
Web link    Date Added: 11/08/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2024 11:01AM  
Rural Emergency Hospital Technical Assistance Center
The Rural Health Redesign Center provides technical assistance to rural hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals interested in examining the feasibility of converting to a Rural Emergency Hospital (REH).
Web link    Date Added: 10/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2024 10:59AM  
Next Steps for the Rural Emergency Hospital Model
This blog post from the Bipartisan Policy Center discusses rural hospital closures and describes the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) model.
Web link    Date Added: 10/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2024 11:06AM  
Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) Model: Frequently Asked Questions
This Q&A fact sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/09/2023    Date Last Modified: Jan 3 2024 11:00AM