Avera e-CARE's telehealth services work to preserve healthy rural hospitals, communities

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Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health’s use of telehealth services illustrates how necessity is the mother of innovation.

The integrated delivery system turned to telehealth 25 years ago to bolster recruitment and retention of physicians in the more rurally remote regions it served.

At the time,... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth, telemedicine

AHA issues discussion guide for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a discussion guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement innovative ways to preserve access to essential health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. The AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities recently issued... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, governance

Reminder: Special AHA webcast Monday on ensuring access

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AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will host a live webcast Monday, Feb. 6, from the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the event, Pollack and members of the AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities will discuss the panel’s recent report on nine innovative... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Reminder: Special AHA webcast Monday on ensuring access

AHA News Now

AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will host a live webcast Monday, Feb. 6, from the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the event, Pollack and members of the AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities will discuss the panel’s recent report on nine innovative... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals

CMS updates providers on efforts to improve access to care in rural America

AHA News Now

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today convened a Rural Health Solutions Summit, where agency leaders and health care stakeholders discussed ways to improve access to care in rural America and support innovation in health care delivery. Participants included Karen DeSalvo, M.D., acting... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, telemedicine

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

The Rural Challenge

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We must ensure that health care is there for some 51 million Americans who live in rural communities. Small size, remote geographic location, a limited workforce, difficulties in attracting and retaining physicians and limited access to financial resources are only part of the problem. Their patient mix... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Telehealth, telemedicine

It's Groundhog Day for Hospitals

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It seems fitting that the president released his budget on Groundhog Day. There appears to be no end in sight for cuts to hospital care and we have been down this road before. The Administration proposes cuts that diminish our nation’s health care infrastructure.

Hospitals continue to deliver high... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: graduate medical education, GME, Medicare, Coverage, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy, Medicaid

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