Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter HFS
124 -- Critical Access Hospitals
of BQA 99-020 (PDF, 5 KB)
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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
(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
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