Celina, Tenn. - Cumberland River Hospital is now designated a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) as certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
CRH began the application process to become a CAH last year to determine if the hospital met criteria to qualify as a CAH. CRH met all the requirements for becoming a CAH and received approval for the new designation effective August 1.
The CAH designation is designed to improve access to health care in rural communities and lessen the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals.
“Becoming a critical access hospital allows CRH to keep essential hospital services in Clay County,” explains Paul Korth, CRMC CEO. “There are many benefits to becoming a critical access hospital including the fact that CRH will now be reimbursed differently to help ensure its financial stability in a rural area.”
Certification allows CAHs to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare, instead of standard fixed reimbursement rates. This reimbursement has been shown to enhance the financial performance of small rural hospitals.
“We are pleased to have met the criteria for becoming a critical access hospital,” said Patricia Strong, CRH chief administrative officer. “The transition will be seamless for our patients. We will continue to provide the same wonderful care we’ve always provided our community and Cumberland River Hospital will continue to be a strong asset for our community.”