Alabama Cong. Terri Sewell joined Cong. Adrian Smith of Nebraska in introducing the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act of 2022 this week on Capitol Hill.
This bipartisan bill would provide urgently needed support to Critical Access Hospitals, which provide essential services to residents in rural communities by doing away with a burdensome and outdated payment rule that jeopardizes reimbursement.
Sewell noted that rural hospitals have been on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19, providing lifesaving care to our most vulnerable and underserved communities.
Critical Access Hospitals are small, remote facilities that provide 24-hour essential medical services to patients in rural communities, but face challenges recruiting physicians, satisfying complicated administrative requirements with a smaller staff, and complying with numerous federal regulations not applied to larger hospitals.
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