RUPRI Health Panel Releases Comments on Rural Emergency Hospital RFI

The Panel is pleased to comment in response to the proposed rule for Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) program and the Request for Information (RFI) on Rural Emergency Hospitals (REH). Our comments will focus only on the latter, Section XVII of the proposed rule, Federal Register pages 42285 – 42289. We also limit our comments to specific questions, numbered as they are numbered in the RFI. The Panel considers forthcoming Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) policies and regulations an opportunity to facilitate the REH as an integral part of a high-performing rural health system; that is, a rural health system grounded in equity and delivering access, affordability, community health, and quality.

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