MICRO-HOSPITALS FACE NEW REGULATIONS:

CMS focuses on delivery of care in addition to capacity to provide inpatient care

The micro-hospital model to deliver inpatient and outpatient care is quickly catching on in many states. Micro-hospitals are small scale acute care facilities that treat lower acuity patients. The facilities feature a range of bed sizes, but typically are eight to ten inpatient beds, range from 15,000 to 50,000 square feet and cost $7 million to $30 million to construct and design. If designed properly, the cost of care is less than hospital environments.

Many micro-hospitals are located 15-20 miles from the larger main-campus health system. Convenient locations and 24/7 access aim to satisfy consumers who seek alternatives to hospital emergency departments (EDs) and require closer-to-home locations.

Micro-hospitals are in the crosshairs of Centers for Medicaid and Medicare’s (CMS’s) recent regulatory enforcement activities. The new regulations target low volume inpatient care facilities and specify new benchmarks to maintain status as a Medicare-certified hospital. The regulations affect hospitals with low numbers of licensed inpatient beds, surgical hospitals, small community hospitals, and other facilities that provide limited inpatient care.

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