Sole Community Hospitals

Author: 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),
Medicare Learning Network (MLN)

This document contains information about the sole community hospital (SCH) designation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Eligibility requirements to receive this designation are based on a hospital's distance in relation to other hospitals, indicating that the facility is the only like hospital serving a community. Distance requirements vary depending on whether a facility is rural and how inaccessible a region is due to weather, topography, and other factors.