Understanding Policies and Regulations

Health policy, rules and regulations have a profound impact on programs, services, reimbursement and systems. State Flex Programs need to have an in-depth understanding of the policies and regulations governing the Flex Program, as well as a basic understanding of the policy-making process and other policies and regulations affecting critical access hospitals (CAHs) and the rural health landscape as a whole. This knowledge will allow state Flex Programs to communicate more effectively with program partners, educate others about CAHs, rural communities and rural health systems and provide support on their behalf. State Flex Program proficiency in the following contribute to excellence in improving processes and efficiencies:

  • Understanding policies affecting rural health
  • Understanding regulations affecting rural health

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,100,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.