FORHP Introduces New Center to Assist Rural Emergency Hospitals

 The nonprofit Rural Health Redesign Center has been tapped to provide technical assistance to hospitals through the process of becoming newly designated Rural Emergency Hospitals (REH).  The REH is a federal policy response to the growing number of rural hospital closures and it allows Critical Access Hospitals and certain hospitals of no more than 50 beds to convert to a facility with essential services – emergency department, observation care, and additional outpatient services.  The REH Technical Assistance Center announced today will help these transitioning hospitals through the conversion process.  More resources and information will be available in the coming weeks and months but the Center is ready to answer questions today. On Wednesday, October 12 at 3:00 pm ET FORHP will host a webinar to explain the Rural Emergency Hospital, the new Technical Assistance Center, and other FORHP-funded activities to support hospitals exploring the REH option.