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Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and the Flex Program

The Bureau of Rural Health develops, evaluates, and administers this federal program that provides states the opportunity to strengthen rural health care through a holistic approach.

The Flex program focuses on four core areas:
  • Support for Quality Improvement in CAHs
  • Support for Operational and Financial Improvement in CAHs
  • Support for Health System Development and Community Engagement, including integrating EMS in regional and local systems of care.
  • Designation of CAHs in the State

Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP): Supports CAHs with technical assistance to improve health care outcomes on Hospital Compare and other national benchmarks.

MBQIP Consent Form and Information