Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

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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

Conrad 30 program is a boon to rural care

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The AHA last week called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would extend and strengthen a program that has been a boon to medical care in rural areas.

It’s called the Conrad State 30 J-1 visa waiver program, and it is set to expire on April 28.  

Currently doctors from other countries... read more

Tags: rural, advocacy

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

Come to the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

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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. But the challenges they face have never been bigger.

They include the move to value-based... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: rural, access, leadership

Rural Health Priorities in Congress

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Today we celebrate National Rural Health Day. This is a great opportunity to highlight the many good things rural hospitals do every day – from providing essential health care services and promoting wellness to serving as economic anchors of their communities. We appreciate our rural hospital members and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rural

Protect Rural Health

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The AHA convened a group of rural hospital leaders in Washington, D.C. to meet with Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee; Pat Roberts, R-Kan., co-chair of the Senate Rural Health Caucus; and John Tester, D-Mont. on the path forward for rural health legislative... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rural

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

Rural hospitals are calling, will Congress listen?

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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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