The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has created this document to summarize the new REH model and NRHA’s considerations for CMS. Section 125 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 created the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) model as a new Medicare provider type. The designation is effective as of January 1, 2023. NRHA believes the REH model will be an opportunity for vulnerable rural communities to maintain an essential access point for health services. It will be critical for NRHA membership to engage in the REH implementation process, including monitoring CMS’ development of the conditions of participation and calculations of payment methodologies. You can find our blog on the document here. If you have questions or feedback, please reach out to Carrie Cochran-McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org.