Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress


Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals... read more

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

Leading Rural Health Into the Next Frontier


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

AHA Swiftly Reacts to Protect Rural Health


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

Spread the Word on Rural Health


Tomorrow is National Rural Health Day. There is no better time for the nation’s nearly 2,000 small and rural hospitals to join the AHA in thanking our rural health champions in Congress. We depend on our rural health allies in Congress for their commitment to America’s rural hospitals and the communities... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Critical Access Hospitals

The Rural Challenge


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


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

Rural hospitals are calling, will Congress listen?


Today we celebrate National Rural Health Day and the 1,600 small and rural hospitals that show dedication day in and day out to the communities and patients they serve. While we work to advocate for policies in Congress that boost the health of rural America, it is our nation’s rural hospitals and... read more

Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals

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