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The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health receives grant funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program. The Flex Program, established by Congress in 1997, assisted small hospitals in converting to a Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) designation – decreasing rural hospital closures and improving rural health care access. The Flex Program has evolved over recent years, and now assists CAHs with quality improvement, financial and operational improvement, population health, and integration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health’s Flex Program has received national recognition for Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) performance. The Health Resources and Services Administration announced that Wisconsin Critical Access Hospitals have some of the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement nationally over the past several years.

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