Small or Rural Hospitals

Some 57 million rural Americans depend on their hospital as an important source of care as well as a critical component of their area's economic and social fabric.

AHA ensures the unique needs of our members are a national priority. Location, size, workforce, payment and access to capital challenge small or rural hospitals and the communities they serve. Collaborating with state and regional hospital associations and with advice from its member council, the Section tracks the issues, develops policies and identifies solutions to our most pressing problems. We do this through:

  • Representation and advocacy in Washington, DC
  • Communication and education
  • Executive leadership and technical assistance
  • Innovation in payment and delivery

Rural Advocacy Action Center

Rural Health Care Rural hospitals provide essential health care services to some 57 million people.  Because of their size, modest assets and financial reserves, and higher percentages of Medicare patients, small and rural hospitals disproportionately rely on government payments. ...

Overview: The Rural Emergency Medical Center Act of 2018

The American Hospital Association’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities issued a report in 2016, recommending Congress establish new models of care to provide communities options to protect and stabilize access to health care services. The Rural Emergency Medical Cen...

Rural Hospital Leadership Award

The Rural Hospital Leadership Award recognizes small or rural hospital chief executives and administrators who have achieved improvements in local health delivery and health status through their leadership and direction. The Award is designed to provide professional development and e...

Small or Rural and CAH Update Newsletters

The Section for Small or Rural Hospitals provides its members two electronic newsletters, the Small or Rural Update and the CAH Update, which include the latest information on federal legislative and regulatory activity affecting payment, quality, and access to care. Small or Rural Up...

Scanning the Headlines: Small or Rural Hospitals

Updated on November 27, 2017 Links to full-text articles are provided where available. For information on obtaining print copies of articles, please call the AHA Resource Center at (312) 422-2050. (2017, Nov. 16). Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services: Emerge...

Related Resources

Bibliography/Link Page
The Small/Rural Section Council meets three times a year and actively advises the AHA on advocacy positions, public policy issues, and member servi
Webinar Recordings
Member
Held June 12, 2018 Please join the AHA rural team for a special call to discuss recently introduced legislation to allow existing critica
Other Resources
This issue of the Small or Rural Update reviews the AHA rural advocacy agenda, federal rule making, national policy priorities and tools and resources for…
Testimony
Public
AHA statement before the Senate Finance Committee on "Rural Health Care in America: Challenges and Opportunities."
Webinar Recordings
Member
Held May 31, 2018 Join the AHA Section for Small or Rural Hospitals as we feature the 2017 AHA Rural Hospital Leadership award recipient
Case Studies
Ensuring Access to Care Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera