Critical Access Hospitals


Critical Access Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals

The Critical Access Hospital program is part of a larger federal program, the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (FLEX) program. Kansas Rural Hospitals Optimizing Performance is a partnership between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Community Health Systems and the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation (the foundation of the Kansas Hospital Association). KRHOP offers technical support, information, networking opportunities, funding and other resources to Critical Access Hospitals and other rural providers. KRHOP demonstrates the power of coordinated efforts by public and private sectors at the state, regional and local levels. Funding for the KRHOP initiatives is provided by the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) grant awarded to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration.

The FLEX program is a major national initiative to strengthen rural health care by:

  • Offering cost-based reimbursement for Medicare acute inpatient and outpatient services.
  • Encouraging the development of rural health networks.
  • Offering grants to states to help implement a state FLEX program in the context of broader initiatives to strengthen the rural health care infrastructure.

For more information regarding the Critical Access Hospital Program, contact Chad Austin or Jennifer Findley at (785) 233-7436.

Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Networks

Critical Access Hospitals are facilities designated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS provides CAHs with:

  • Relaxed staffing requirements in comparison to full-service hospitals; and
  • Federal grant assistance for prospective CAHs and designated network.

Click here to view a map of the state designated Rural Health Networks in Kansas. Facilities wishing to obtain additional information about Critical Access Hospital certification or techincal assistance should contact KHA at (785) 233-7436.

A list of links that will take you to sites providing more information about KRHOP, FLEX and Critical Access Hospitals.
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For more information regarding this meeting, contact Melissa Hungerford ( or Susan Cunningham ( at (785) 233-7436
For more information on this program, contact Susan Cunningham at or (785) 233-7436.
For more information on the KHA Board Meeting, contact Amy Fluke at (785) 233-7436 or
For more information regarding this meeting, contact Steve Poage ( at (785) 233-7436.