AHA issues guide to implementing strategy to ensure access in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement a multi-step strategy to more closely align inpatient and outpatient services with the needs of their communities. The strategy is one of nine innovative ways for communities at risk for losing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

House bill introduced to extend access to physicians in underserved areas

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Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week introduced legislation (H.R. 2141) to improve and extend the Conrad State 30 program until 2021, providing a House companion to the Senate bill (S. 898). First enacted in 1994, the program allows state health departments to request J-1 visa... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, advocacy, access, workforce

Rural Community Hospital Demonstration applications due May 17

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Rural hospitals with fewer than 51 acute care inpatient beds that offer 24-hour emergency care services and are not eligible for critical access status may apply through May 17 to participate in a five-year extension of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration, authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rural

Conrad 30 program is a boon to rural care

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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... read more

Tags: rural, advocacy

Legislation would make MDH program, low-volume adjustment permanent

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Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Peter Welch (D-VT) today to introduce the Rural Hospital Access Act (S. 872/H.R. 1955), AHA-supported legislation that would make permanent both the Medicare-dependent Hospital program and the enhanced low-volume... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural

CMS updating guidance on shared space arrangements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is working to finalize updated guidance related to co-location, which should clarify policies governing how hospitals can share space with other providers, the agency told the AHA last week. In a meeting with agency officials, including David Wright, the... read more

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

Collaboration transforming America's health care, says Hood

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

 AHA board member Michelle Hood puts a priority on collaboration and on transforming the delivery system toward a fee-for-value model that uses coordinated care and integrated delivery mechanisms to build a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, rural, ACO, leadership, members, care coordination

CMS, HRSA release Medicare chronic care management resources

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health and Health Resources and Service Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy today launched an educational initiative for Medicare patients and health care professionals on the benefits of chronic care management services.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, coding, nurses, chronic conditions

AHA issues guide to implementing access strategy in vulnerable communities

AHA News Now

The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement a multi-step strategy to promote care coordination between Indian Health Service facilities and other health care providers. The strategy is one of nine innovative ways for communities at risk... read more

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

Strong rural hospitals require both smart affiliation strategies and federal policies, says LifePoint Health's Bill Carpenter

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Smart affiliation strategies and smart federal policies will be critical to the survival of many non-urban hospitals, says AHA board member William “Bill” Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health – a health care organization that has one of the largest rural footprints in... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: consolidation, mergers, rural, Redefining the H, advocacy, governance, leadership, members, care coordination

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