The definition of Critical Access Hospital is a hospital which meets the criteria required by the Wyoming Rural Health Plan and rules for designation of critical access hospitals. (Contact the Wyoming Department of Health Rural and Frontier Health Unit for additional information regarding Critical Access Hospital designation.)
A valid state license is required prior to providing care to any client/patient/resident.
Following are the requirements and procedures through which your agency may be approved to be licensed as a provider of Critical Access Hospital services.
Click below for the State license application. Fill out the application in its entirety and submit to our office, along with the required fee. After reviewing the regulations, please contact one of our engineers at (307) 777-7123 to discuss the building requirements and any construction review approval process. Once we have approved these items, a provisional license will be issued and you will be able to start providing services to clients/patients/residents.
When you have clients/patients/residents for which you are providing services, your agency must request, in writing, for a health survey to be conducted. An unannounced survey will be provided by state surveyors as soon as scheduling permits. When the initial survey has been completed, and the facility is found to be in compliance with the regulations, a permanent license will be issued.
A license permits an applicant to operate a healthcare facility in Wyoming. It does not enroll or certify a provider or supplier of healthcare services to participate in federal certification programs (Medicare/Medicaid).
Critical Access Hospital Rule
Chapter 17 (Licensure) – 03-01-2023
Appendix W – Survey Protocol, Regulations, and Interpretive Guidelines for Critical Access Hospitals and Swing-Beds in Critical Access Hospitals