The 21st Century Cures Act requires another 5-year extension period for the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration. The demonstration tests payment under a reasonable cost-based methodology for Medicare inpatient hospital services furnished by rural hospitals with fewer than 51 acute care inpatient beds, that make available 24-hour emergency care services, and that are not eligible to be, or have not been designated as, Critical Access Hospitals.
The Request for Applications solicits information from interested hospitals regarding their financial and service-oriented challenges, as well as strategies and proposals for addressing them. Additional hospitals selected for the demonstration under this solicitation may be located in any State; however, CMS will give priority for selection among the highest scoring applications to those from 20 States with lowest population density.
The due date for applications is May 17. For more information see the full text of this abridged fact sheet (issued April 17).