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

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

AHA urges Congress to act on hospital priorities during post-election session

AHA News

The AHA last week urged Congress to act on several critical hospital and health system priorities when it returns after the elections.

“America’s hospitals appreciate the leadership and support many in Congress have shown this year on numerous issues important to patients and the hospitals and health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy

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

Say 'ahhh' to doctor 400 miles away

AHA News

A physician with Rice Medical Center in rural Eagle Lake, Texas, can treat students nearly 400 miles away in tiny Sheffield (population 600) via telemedicine. His virtual tool-belt includes an electronic stethoscope that enables him to hear a patient’s heartbeat in real time and a high-definition camera... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, telemedicine

AHA critical of Medicare cuts proposed in president's budget

AHA News

The president’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request for nearly $420 billion in 10-year Medicare payment cuts to providers “would jeopardize hospitals’ ability to keep the promise of maintaining access to vital health care services,” the AHA said last week.

On a more positive note for hospitals, the Feb.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: graduate medical education, GME, Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals, Medicaid

These lawmakers support regulatory relief for small rural hospitals

AHA News

Passage of the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act, or PARTS Act, H.R. 1611/S. 257, the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act, H.R. 169/S. 258, and the Rural Community Hospital (RCH) Demonstration Extension Act, H.R. 672/S. 607, are key parts of the AHA’s rural hospital advocacy agenda. Click ... read more

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

Hill Head Count: These lawmakers support legislaton to provide regulatory relief for small rural rurals

AHA News

Passage of the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act, or PARTS Act, H.R. 1611/S. 257, the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act, H.R. 169/S. 258, and the Rural Community Hospital (RCH) Demonstration Extension Act, H.R. 672/S. 607, are key parts of the AHA’s rural hospital advocacy agenda. 

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

Hospital leaders urge Congress to support needs of rural patients

AHA News

Hospital leaders July 28 urged the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee to eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens and support federal policies critical to maintaining access to care in rural communities.

At the hearing, critical access hospital (CAH) leaders from Kansas and Nebraska urged Congress... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, regulation

Committee approves rural hospital and emergency psychiatric care bills

AHA News

The Senate Finance Committee June 24 approved three AHA-backed bills to support access to hospital services in rural communities and to emergency psychiatric care for underserved and vulnerable populations.

S. 1461 would delay through December enforcement of direct supervision requirements for outpatient... read more

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

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