Legislation would make MDH program, low-volume adjustment permanent

AHA News Now

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

AHA News

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

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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 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

AHA News

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

Senators ask HHS secretary to protect access to health care in rural communities

AHA News Now

In a letter yesterday to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a bipartisan group of 41 senators representing rural states expressed interest in working with the administration to strengthen access to hospital and health care services in vulnerable rural communities. “Rural hospitals play a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

Senate Finance Committee holds confirmation hearing for CMS administrator

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The Senate Finance Committee today held a confirmation hearing for health care consultant Seema Verma, President Trump’s nominee to serve as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator. During the hearing, Verma voiced support for helping rural and other health care providers avoid unnecessary... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Medicaid, leadership, regulation

Leading Rural Health Into the Next Frontier

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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... read more

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

Webcast replay: Strategies for ensuring access in vulnerable communities

AHA News Now

The AHA has released a replay of its Feb. 6 webcast on innovative strategies to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities, recorded at the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the webcast, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and members of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rural

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