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AHA-supported bill would help critical access patients

November 6, 2013

AHA today expressed support for the Critical Access Flexibility Act (H.R. 3444), which would give Critical Access Hospitals needed flexibility to accommodate fluctuations in patients through the option of meeting an average annual daily census of 20. “Under the current requirements for a CAH, a hospital can have up to 25 patient beds per day,” noted AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack in letters of support to Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Ron Kind (D-WI), the bill’s sponsors. “Unfortunately, hospitals cannot always anticipate the patient count and find that turning patients away is unavoidable. This additional flexible option would allow for hospitals to appropriately accommodate daily and seasonal fluctuations.”