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Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter HFS 124 -- Critical Access Hospitals

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Date: May 10, 1999 DSL-BQA 99-020

To: Hospitals HOSP 10

From: Rita Prigioni, Interim Director, Bureau of Quality Assurance

Effective February 1, 1999, Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter DHS 124 (exit DHS) - Hospitals, was revised to include the operation of a new category of hospital called a critical access hospital (CAH). A critical access hospital is a rural limited medical services hospital that provides short-term inpatient and emergency hospital services. The critical access hospital designation is a voluntary option. Under the new federal Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, 42 USC 1395I-4, a state develops criteria to designate a hospital as a critical access hospital and by which the Secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services approves a facility as a critical access hospital.

The new Subchapter VI provides definitions, criteria for eligibility, application process, and the requirements for a critical access hospital.

Please share this information with the appropriate staff and direct any questions that you may have to Beth Stellberg, Chief, Health Services Section (replaced by Cremear Mims).

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