AHA trustee Spring sees innovative solutions to rural hospitals' problems

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The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 

Ensuring access to care in struggling, rurally isolated communities requires fresh thinking and creative strategies from policymakers, says Jason Spring, chief strategic officer for Kalispell (Mont.) Regional... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, CAHs, governance, leadership

AHA applauds creation of House IHS task force, citing work of AHA task force

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The AHA today applauded leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for creating a bipartisan Indian Health Service Task Force. “We look forward to working with you, as co-chairs of the IHS Task Force, to develop and pass legislation to address barriers to care coordination and improve access to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

AHA recommends changes to FCC Rural Health Care Program

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The Federal Communication Commission should update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services, the AHA said in comments submitted today. Specifically, AHA recommends the program increase the Healthcare Connect Fund and HCF discount percentage; reduce... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access, Telehealth

AHA shares Medicare concerns of hospitals, post-acute providers with Congress

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee yesterday held a hearing on the status of the Medicare program, including payment provisions set to expire this year. In a statement submitted for the record, AHA highlighted how the low-volume adjustment, Medicare-dependent Hospital Program and ambulance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, rural, access, VBP

AHA: REACH Act 'important first step' to ensuring care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today called the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act (S. 1130) “an important first step toward ensuring access to health care services in some rural communities.” Introduced this week by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), the REACH Act would allow... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, emergency care

USDA accepting applications for rural telemedicine grants

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Hospitals and others can apply through July 17 for grants of up to $500,000 each for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas, the Department of Agriculture announced today. The fiscal year 2017 grants are through the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, nurses, telemedicine

Senate passes FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

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The Senate today voted 79-18 to pass an omnibus appropriations bill providing discretionary funding for the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The president is expected to sign the legislation before the continuing resolution funding the government expires tomorrow night. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, graduate medical education, GME, rural, appropriations

House passes FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

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The House of Representatives today voted 309-118 to pass a fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill providing discretionary funding for the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The Senate is expected to pass the legislation before the continuing resolution funding the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, graduate medical education, GME, rural, appropriations

House releases FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

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The House Appropriations Committee yesterday released legislation that would provide discretionary funding for the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The bill includes $73.5 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $2.8 billion increase from FY 2016. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, graduate medical education, GME, rural, appropriations

Legislation would extend add-on payments for ambulance providers

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AHA-supported legislation introduced yesterday in the Senate would permanently extend add-on payments for ambulance services, which are set to expire Dec. 31. The Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act (S.967) was introduced by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Charles... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, access

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