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

Legislation introduced to make direct supervision moratorium permanent

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Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) last night introduced AHA-supported legislation (S. 243/H.R.741) to permanently extend the enforcement moratorium on “direct supervision” of outpatient therapeutic services for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, CAHs

Unique partnerships help Rodney Nelson bring better care to his rural community

AHA News

Mackinac Straits Health System President and CEO Rodney Nelson is all about finding creative solutions to the challenges facing his organization.

It’s how he transformed a once-struggling critical access hospital and nursing home into a comprehensive rural health system for the people and communities he... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals, awards, leadership

President signs 21st Century Cures Act

AHA News Now

President Obama today signed into law the AHA-supported 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which includes a number of provisions important to hospitals and health systems. The legislation revises the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the grandfather date for off-campus hospital outpatient departments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, CAHs, Behavioral health, opioids

CMS launches CAH integrated care demonstration

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Ten critical access hospitals in Montana, Nevada and North Dakota began participating Aug. 1 in a three-year demonstration that will test new models of integrated, coordinated health care in sparsely populated rural counties, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. The Frontier... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, CAHs, care coordination

AHA to CMS: Cutting CAH reimbursement would threaten access to care

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Reducing Medicare reimbursement to critical access hospitals would have “a significant and detrimental impact” not only on these hospitals, but on their patients and communities, AHA told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today. Responding to a CMS request for the field’s input on a fiscal year... read more

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

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on path forward for rural hospital priorities

AHA News

The AHA today held a Rural Hospital Policy Forum on Capitol Hill. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack welcomed senators, congressional and AHA staff, who updated rural hospital leaders on their legislative priorities and outlook for passing critical rural legislation this year. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.,... read more

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

AHA Swiftly Reacts to Protect Rural Health

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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... read more

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

Seeking some changes, AHA generally backs CMS discharge planning proposal

AHA News

The AHA Jan. 4 said it “generally supports” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule revising discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAH) and home health agencies.

In comments submitted to the agency, Ashley Thompson, the AHA’s senior vice... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, CAHs, Medicaid, care coordination, prevention, home health

CMS call Monday on implementing NOTICE Act requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a Town Hall teleconference Dec. 21 to solicit input from hospitals and other stakeholders as it works to prepare rulemaking that will implement requirements under the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act. Enacted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, CAHs, regulation

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