Members of the Constituency Section are short-term care hospitals that either have fewer than 150 acute care beds and/or are located outside a metropolitan statistical area (MSA). The Constituency Section membership includes 24 public (i.e., city, county, district, and township) hospitals in Illinois. The Section represents hospitals reimbursed under Medicare's Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Critical Access Hospitals program (CAH).
The Constituency Section is guided by a steering committee composed of leaders representing the Constituency's membership. The leaders advise IHA's staff on policy issues, advocacy positions, member service strategies, and emerging trends.
There are 51 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) in Illinois that are members of IHA. Critical Access Hospitals have less than 25 beds, an average length of stay of less than 96 hours, and are located in rural communities.