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

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

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