Office for the Rural Advancement of Technology and Hospital Improvement (ORATHI)

The program administers the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program, both funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Rural Health Policy.

What We Do

  • Address quality-of-care issues 
  • Develop and implement rural health networks 
  • Improve and integrate Emergency Medical Services 
  • Create and maintain a state rural health plan 
  • Support facilities seeking Critical Access Hospital designation 
  • Educate and provide technical assistance to rural facilities on the implementation of electronic health records, health information exchange, and other health information technology 
  • Work with rural hospitals, particularly Critical Access Hospitals, to improve financial, operational, and clinical performance