The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) is a new provider type, designed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the number of rural hospital closures through innovative payment reform and prioritizing close alignment between outpatient services and rural community healthcare needs. The REH designation is the first new rural provider type since the critical access hospital (CAH) was established in 1997. The policies governing the REH were published in the 2023 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center final rule on November 23, 2022.
Technical Assistance Sources
REH Technical Assistance Center (REH-TAC) | Rural Health Redesign Center
Montana Health Research & Education Foundation | Montana Hospital Association