Small or Rural Hospitals

Some 51 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 Resources

 

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2019 Rural Advocacy Agenda

America’s rural hospitals are committed to serving their communities and ensuring local access to high-quality, affordable health care. The AHA is working to ensure federal policies and regulations are updated for 21st century innovation and care delivery, and new resources are invested...

Rural Report 2019

Across the nation, rural communities have experienced persistent, recent and emergent challenges that threaten rural hospitals’ ability to maintain access to health care services in their communities. The report, Challenges Facing Rural Communities and the Roadmap to Ensure Local Access...

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. P...

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...

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...

Small or Rural 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. The Small or Rural...

Rural Hospital Leadership Team Award

The Rural Hospital Leadership Team Award from the AHA Section for Small or Rural Hospitals honors the leadership team who have guided their hospital and community through transformational change on the road to health care reform. The team will have displayed outstanding leadership ...

Related Resources

Fact Sheets
Public
The AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities examined ways in which the access to and delivery of care could be improved. This strategy –…
Testimony
Public
AHA statement before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology: Realizing the Benefits of Rural Broadband: Challenges and…
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."