The National Rural Health Association has exciting news to announce – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), introduced H.R. 3991, the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act which would repeal the burdensome 96-Hour rule now being enforced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This regulation requires physicians at Critical Access Hospitals at the time of admission to certify Medicare and Medicaid patients will not be there more than 96 hours. Otherwise, the hospital must transfer the patient or face non-reimbursement. Your advocacy efforts are paying off! Thank you!!
Congressman Smith joins Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and David Loebsak (D-IA) in sponsoring this bill.