The AHA today submitted recommendations to the Health Resources and Services Administration in response to the agency’s Rural Access to Health Care Services Request for Information. Specifically, AHA recommended the agency reassess which services are deemed “core” or essential over time to account for changes in care delivery and other developments; consider community characteristics, needs and preferences when recommending services; allow for flexibility and promote community-driven solutions; and use a “rural lens” when developing regulatory actions. The association also encouraged regulatory flexibility for providers to “co-locate” or share treatment space; a permanent enforcement moratorium on the 96-hour condition of payment for critical access hospitals; and finalization of the proposal to change the minimum supervision level for outpatient therapeutic services from “direct” to “general” supervision.

Related News Articles

Insights and Analysis
Mercyhealth operates an emergency shelter in southern Wisconsin that also offers outpatient, behavioral health and other support services.
Headline
A federal judge today reaffirmed her previous order to the Centers for Medicare…
Headline
AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson today announced a $215 million settlement with two Ohio counties that claimed their practices contributed to…
Chairperson's File
As we seek innovative ways to improve the health of our communities, it is more important than ever for hospitals and health systems to partner with others.
Headline
The AHA today urged Senate appropriators to support federal funding for research and education to reduce violence in communities.
Headline
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., died this morning due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges, his office announced today.