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Ask a Rev Cycle Expert: Are CAH's Exempt from the AUC Rule?

Question:

Our health system includes several Critical Access Hospitals. Are CAH’s exempt from the AUC (Appropriate Use Criteria) rule?

Answer:

Correct. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are exempt from the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) reporting. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) bases the use of AUC on the applicable settings and applicable payment system, which do not include CAH.

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