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A Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a rural limited service hospital that has been converted to a special designation as a Critical Access Hospital under the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program. A Critical Access Hospital is a rural acute care hospital consisting of no more than fifteen (15) acute beds and ten (10) swing beds. The majority of CAHs are in Health Professional Shortage Areas and/or Medically Underserved Areas.


Also see: CAH

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