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H.R. 1129: To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to revise regulations to remove the requirement under the Medicare program that an off-campus facility or organization shall be located within a 35-mile radius of a hospital or critical access hospital.

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Mar 24, 2023.

Rural ER Access Act

This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to repeal regulations that require off-campus facilities to be located within 35 miles of the main hospital or critical access hospital in order to receive provider-based status under Medicare (i.e., to be considered as hospital outpatient departments for purposes of Medicare payment).