Rural Health Care
Rural hospitals provide essential health care services to nearly 54 million people, including 9 million Medicare beneficiaries. Contributing to Medicare payment challenges is a host of significant pressures – largely beyond hospitals’ control. A sustained workforce shortage and rising health care liability premiums continue to drive costs higher. In addition, access to capital is poor as the average age of hospital facilities and the demand for expensive new information systems climb.
Rural hospitals face great pressures as government payments decline due to their small size, modest assets and financial reserves, and higher percentage of Medicare patients since rural populations are typically older than average urban populations.
Yet Medicare margins are the lowest for rural hospitals, with the smallest hospitals having the lowest margins. The AHA is committed to advocating for legislation that will address the needs of our vital rural health care system.
Click below to access the Section for Small or Rural Hospitals page, which offers members additional resources, publications, educational opportunities, and professional development.
- Jan 14, 2015 | AHA small/rural section names leaders
- Jan 07, 2015 | Bill would remove 96-hour certification requirement for CAHs
- Dec 18, 2014 | AHA comments on Ways and Means discussion draft
- Nov 24, 2014 | CMS extends 2014 EHR attestation deadline for eligible hospitals, CAHs
- Nov 21, 2014 | Congress extends direct supervision enforcement moratorium through 2014
- Nov 20, 2014 | Congress urged to continue commitment to rural hospitals
- Nov 19, 2014 | CMS releases list of CAHs in counties that have lost their rural designation
- Nov 03, 2014 | Report: Virginia's rural hospitals under stress
- Oct 30, 2014 | Reminder: Hospitals must respond to CMS appeals settlement offer by Friday
- Oct 28, 2014 | CMS updates FAQ on hospital appeals settlement offer
- Dec 10, 2014 | Congress Unveils $1.01 Trillion Government Spending Bill
- Nov 20, 2014 | AHA, NRHA to Senate Re: National Rural Health Day
- Oct 09, 2014 | Senate Dear Colleague to CMS Re: Rulemaking Process and Its Impact on Rural Health Care Providers
- Sep 24, 2014 | Bipartisan letter asks CMS to Consider Rural Providers in Rulemaking Process
- Sep 09, 2014 | Show Your Support for the 340B Program in Conjunction with Sept. 10 AHA-Sponsored Congressional Briefing
- Jul 09, 2014 | Final Rule for Burden Reduction Affecting CoPs/CfCs for Hospitals, CAHs and Other Providers
- Jun 25, 2014 | CMS Implements Extension of Payment Adjustment for Low-Volume and Medicare-Dependent Hospital...
- May 20, 2014 | AHA to Sen. Harkin Re: Support for The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2014
- Jan 09, 2014 | AHA Statement to the Committee on Energy and Commerce Re: The Extenders Policies:
- Nov 13, 2013 | AHA Comments to CMS on Laboratory, Rural Health Clinic Proposals