Rural Health Care Leadership Conference News Coverage

35th Annual AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference. February 6-9, 2022. Arizona Grand Resort and Spa.

The American Hospital Association’s 2022 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, February 6-9, Phoenix, AZ, brings together top practitioners and thinkers to share strategies and resources for accelerating the shift to a more integrated and sustainable rural health system. We’ll examine the most significant operational, financial and environmental challenges including the post-pandemic impact on rural hospitals and their communities, and present innovative approaches that will enable you to transform your organization’s care delivery model and business practices.

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Since the rural emergency hospital designation became official last year, a growing number of rural care providers have voluntarily converted to the new category.
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.”
Barbara Sowada, president of the Board of Trustees at Memorial Hospital, discusses the role board members can play in helping rural hospitals and health systems navigate today’s pressing problems, and how the AHA’s resources and educational materials can provide valuable assistance.
Sparta Community Hospital, in a rural Illinois town about 50 miles southeast of St. Louis, is using proactive, patient-facing communication technology that integrates with its EHR system data to reach patients in a more user-friendly way to reduce its no-show rates.
Recruiting a young and engaged workforce is particularly challenging for rural care providers. Susan Wathen, vice president of human resources at Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, discusses the rural system’s unique approaches to finding and retaining future health care employees.
Kittitas Valley Healthcare in rural Washington state last year implemented an innovative new model for retaining essential obstetric and other women’s health services in its community.
Health care leaders and other officials April 9 discussed challenges to rural health care access and potential solutions during an event in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Coalition to Strengthen America's Health Care: Protecting 24/7 Care.
Almost half of rural hospitals had negative total margins in 2022 and negative patient care margins both before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report prepared for the AHA by faculty at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Health Professions.
AHA March 18 shared with the House Ways and Means Committee its proposals to strengthen access to timely emergency medical care, particularly in rural and underserved areas.
For the second consecutive year, speakers and attendees at the 2024 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference recorded Advancing Health podcasts live on site.
AHA leaders discuss 2024 rural legislative priorities, release new advocacy agenda.
Nearly 1,100 rural health care practitioners and leaders convened in Orlando for AHA’s 37th Rural Health Care Leadership Conference. The annual event brings together rural hospital CEOs, senior executives, clinical leaders and trustees to share strategies, insights and resources unique to the rural health system.
by Joanne M. Conroy, M.D., Chair, American Hospital Association
For the 61 million people who live in rural America, their local hospital provides essential services and programs to advance their health and the health of their communities.
by Rick Pollack, President and CEO, AHA
For the 57 million Americans who live in rural areas, their hospital is the lifeblood of the community.
Billionaire-backed Arnold Ventures is once again pushing its anti-hospital agenda with a new one-page “report” making the Orwellian claim that “site-neutral payment reforms will protect rural patients,” writes Aaron Wesolowski, AHA vice president of research strategy and policy communications.
by Aaron Wesolowski, AHA Vice President of Research Strategy and Policy Communications
Once again, the anti-hospital, billionaire-backed Arnold Ventures is pushing its anti-hospital agenda with a “report” that is so disingenuous and has so many limitations that it cannot be t
Northern Light Health in Brewer, Maine, partnered with Morehouse School of Medicine to create a rural residency program for physician assistants.
Chris Barber, president and CEO of St. Bernards Healthcare, discusses the problems certain MA plan practices can create for patients and their caregivers, especially for rural hospitals and health systems that face a unique set of challenges in caring for their communities.
Hospitals and health systems are prioritizing preserving access to care for patients in rural America, including via access points like hospital outpatient departments that provide essential services for rural and low-income communities, according to a new AHA report released Jan. 25.