A critical access hospital provides emergency care on a twenty-four-hour basis located in a rural area that has limited acute inpatient services, focusing on primary and preventive care, and that has in effect an agreement with a general hospital that provides emergency and medical backup services and accepts patient referrals from the critical access hospital. For the purposes of this subdivision, a rural area is any municipality under fifty thousand population.

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For South Dakota requirements to become a certified critical access hospital (CAH) provider contact:

Jean Koch, Public Health Advisor