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 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...

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...

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Action Alert
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Letter
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AHA letter to Representative Ron King expressing support for the Rural Emergency Medical Center Act of 2018 (H.R. 5678).
Letter
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AHA letter to Rep.. Lynn Jenkins expressing support for the Rural Emergency Medical Center Act of 2018 (H.R. 5678).
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Issue Brief
The American Hospital Association’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities issued a report in 2016, recommending Congress establish new models…