Rural Health Care Leadership Conference News Coverage

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Rural health care leaders are actively transforming their organizations through a focus on affordability and value with innovative responses to emerging opportunities. Strategic partnerships that cut across the care continuum, evolving payment models, unique workforce approaches, effective leveraging of digital technologies, attention to the social determinants of health, and new care models are enabling rural providers to improve the health of their communities. Success is being driven by inspired leadership, forward-thinking governance, and resilient clinicians.

The American Hospital Association’s 2020 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, February 2-5, Phoenix, AZ, b 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 and present innovative approaches that will enable you to transform your organization’s care delivery model and business practices.


May 7, 2020
Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Michael Bennett, D-Colo., and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, introduced AHA-supported legislation (S. 3615) that would extend for five years the Medicare Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program.
Apr 29, 2020
Two rural hospital leaders share how they are addressing the coronavirus pandemic in their communities.
Apr 22, 2020
The Health Resources and Services Administration Federal Office of Rural Health Policy today awarded $161.5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding to help rural hospitals and communities respond to the COVID-19 emergency.
Apr 21, 2020
The Bipartisan Policy Center released a new report examining the immense challenges facing the U.S. rural health care system as highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr 9, 2020
A bipartisan group of senators and representatives urged the administration to resume premium processing for physicians seeking employment-based visas to provide rural communities with access to foreign physicians who have just completed their medical training in the U.S.
Mar 6, 2020
Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., introduced AHA-supported legislation (S. 3399) that would renew for five years a demonstration project that tests new models of health care delivery for critical access hospitals in the most sparsely populated states.
Feb 28, 2020
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar named former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer chair of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.
Feb 19, 2020
AHA is engaging in early primary states, including Nevada and South Carolina, with ads about affordability and rural health care to ensure issues important to hospitals and health systems stay in front of candidates.
Feb 12, 2020
The AHA invites rural hospitals and health systems to participate in the Better Maternal Outcomes Rapid Improvement Network — a free, six-month program focused on maternal outcomes and respectful care.
Feb 12, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health seeks public input through April 12 on opportunities to improve health care access, quality and outcomes before, during and after pregnancy for women and infants in rural communities.