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CMS Issues Guidance, FAQs, Survey Procedures for Rural Emergency Hospitals 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new guidance on the enrollment and conversion process for rural emergency hospitals (REHs), FAQs, and a newly developed State Operations Manual Appendix (Appendix O) with survey procedures.  

Interpretive guidelines for REHs are still pending and will be released at a future date. 

The state of California currently does not provide a licensure for this type of hospital. CHA continues to educate key stakeholders in the state about the need for this type of licensure model to ensure access to services in all communities.