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Rural hospital funding threatened
DARLINGTON - Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County in Darlington is among a handful of Critical Access Hospitals that have been removed from an earlier list of rural hospitals that could face decertification and a loss of Medicare funding. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services announced in a report earlier this month that nearly two-thirds of the more than 1,300 CAHs in the United States do not meet the distance requirements and the definition of a rural community. The report said that decertifying CAHs, those not considered to be in sufficiently remote areas, could save up to $1.1 billion per year, according to the Associated Press.