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Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

By Rick Pollack
September 15, 2017

Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals and health systems are still at stake as we approach the end of the federal fiscal year.

Many key policy issues that are vital to ensuring that patients continue to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy, Medicaid

Conrad 30 program is a boon to rural care

April 17, 2017

The AHA last week called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would extend and strengthen a program that has been a boon to medical care in rural areas.

It’s called the Conrad State 30 J-1 visa waiver program, and it is set to expire on April 28.  

Currently doctors from other countries working in America on J-1 visas are required to return to their home country after their residency has ended for two years before they can apply for another visa or green card. The... read more

Tags: rural, advocacy

Leading Rural Health Into the Next Frontier

By Rick Pollack
February 10, 2017

One of the best parts of my job is getting to travel the country and meet the women and men who are leading the way in redefining the “H” and transforming health care. Rodney Nelson, president and CEO of the Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, MI, is one of those leaders. He sought new, creative solutions to rescue a facility on the verge of shutdown, and in recognition of his achievements, we honored him this week with the 2016 Rural Hospital Leadership Award at our... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Redefining the H, awards, leadership

Come to the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

January 24, 2017

Rural hospitals are their community’s anchor. By providing 24/7 care, essential public services and access to primary care for the 57 million people that live in rural America, these hospitals are vitally important. But the challenges they face have never been bigger.

They include the move to value-based reimbursement, declining populations; aging infrastructure and difficulties in recruiting medical staff to serve in small towns.

How rural hospitals can meet those challenges as... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: rural, access, leadership

Rural Health Priorities in Congress

By Erik Rasmussen
November 17, 2016

Today we celebrate National Rural Health Day. This is a great opportunity to highlight the many good things rural hospitals do every day – from providing essential health care services and promoting wellness to serving as economic anchors of their communities. We appreciate our rural hospital members and recognize the significant contribution they make every single day.    

Earlier this week, the “lame duck” Congress began work on finishing the government’s business for the year’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rural

Protect Rural Health

June 30, 2016

The AHA convened a group of rural hospital leaders in Washington, D.C. to meet with Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee; Pat Roberts, R-Kan., co-chair of the Senate Rural Health Caucus; and John Tester, D-Mont. on the path forward for rural health legislative priorities. Hospital leaders, Senators and the AHA alike took to social media to spread the message to Congress: Protect Rural Health.  




Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rural

AHA Swiftly Reacts to Protect Rural Health

By Tom Nickels
February 17, 2016

Rural hospitals are their community’s anchor. By providing 24/7 care, essential public services and access to primary care for the 57 million people that live in rural America, these hospitals are vitally important. That’s why the AHA swiftly reacted to guidance issued by CMS late last year which included some inconsistent requirements, and worked with CMS to explain our concerns that some Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) may lose their designation as a result of CMS’... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community health, rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals

The Rural Challenge

By Rich Umbdenstock
June 12, 2015

We must ensure that health care is there for some 51 million Americans who live in rural communities. Small size, remote geographic location, a limited workforce, difficulties in attracting and retaining physicians and limited access to financial resources are only part of the problem. Their patient mix makes rural hospitals more reliant on Medicare and Medicaid – and more vulnerable to the constant uncertainty of governmental funding. And the regulatory burden hits rural hospitals... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Telehealth, telemedicine

Rural hospitals are calling, will Congress listen?

By Priya Bathija
November 20, 2014

Today we celebrate National Rural Health Day and the 1,600 small and rural hospitals that show dedication day in and day out to the communities and patients they serve. While we work to advocate for policies in Congress that boost the health of rural America, it is our nation’s rural hospitals and providers who confront the challenges of caring for an aging population under the constant threat of cuts for medical services. 

There’s no denying, even in the famously unhurried and... read more

Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals



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