Gallagher Co-Sponsors Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act

October 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C – Congressman Gallagher has co-sponsored HR 741, the Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act. The bipartisan bill seeks to provide regulatory relief for struggling small, rural hospitals and protect outpatient therapeutic services for patients living in these rural communities.  Under current regulations, hospitals must perform most outpatient therapeutic services under the “direct supervision” of a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner, which can be challenging for small, rural hospitals due to already low numbers of available health professionals and associated costs. When these services become too costly or difficult to provide under the “direct supervision” rule, they are at risk of being terminated, leaving patients in Northeast Wisconsin without access to the care they need.

In response to the bill, Rep. Gallagher released the following statement:

“Where you live in Northeast Wisconsin should not determine the quality of care that you receive. The “direct supervision” rule may not sound that onerous, but for rural hospitals in the 8th District that may lack a large local physician pool, the costs of recruiting and retaining these supervisory physicians can be so high it becomes too cost prohibitive to provide these basic outpatient therapies. With this bill, rural hospitals in Northeast Wisconsin receive the relief they need and patients retain access to critical care in their communities.”

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