The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) was established under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to address the healthcare disparities and accessibility issues faced by rural communities.
This new Medicare provider type aims to provide a unique opportunity for community hospitals that are struggling to bring in enough revenue, especially those competing for financially desirable patients with larger short-term acute care facilities.
The benefits of becoming an REH include a five percent premium to the standard Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System payment for covered services and a monthly facility fee, which is approximately $272,866.00 per month (CY23).
This additional payment will increase each year by the same percentage as the hospital market basket increase.
Providers who meet all three of the following criteria may be eligible:
MEDHOST is currently accepting applications for this service. Approval is not contingent upon having a business plan with financial projections or a community needs survey.