The AHA shared a series of proposals to strengthen rural health care with the Senate Finance Committee for a hearing May 16 titled, “Rural Health Care: Supporting Lives and Improving Communities.” The proposals include policies promoting flexible payment options; ensuring fair, timely and adequate reimbursement; bolstering the workforce; and improving maternal health. During the hearing, several members focused on access to obstetric services and augmenting the number of medical residency slots awarded to rural hospitals. Jeremy P. Davis, MHA, president and CEO of AHA-member Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande, Ore., and other health care leaders and policy researchers testified.

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