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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Nov 12, 2021 by Ruby Kirby, R.N.
Ruby Kirby, CEO of two rural critical access hospitals in West Tennessee, shares insights on how her health organizations are working to eliminate health inequities and disparities in rural communities.
Nov 12, 2021 by Rod Hochman, M.D.
This Thursday, Nov. 18, is National Rural Health Day. It’s an opportunity to show support for our rural hospitals and health systems, and also raise awareness about their resiliency, resolve, relationships and readiness — this year’s themes for the recognition day.
Nov 12, 2021 by Michelle Hood
The AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference – one of AHA's flagship events – will be held in person February 6-9 in Phoenix, AZ. AHA Executive Vice President Michelle Hood previews the conference designed to help rural health care leaders and trustees accelerate the transformation to a more integrated and sustainable rural health system. Read more.
Nov 12, 2021
Makunda Abdul-Mbacke, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist, shares the challenges she faces in her rural Virginia community and her hopes for the future of rural health.
Oct 14, 2021
The AHA continues to spotlight the important work of rural hospitals tasked with caring for the nearly 60 million Americans who live in rural communities.
Sep 24, 2021
The AHA urged the Health Resources and Services Administration to quickly distribute the $17 billion in Phase 4 provider relief funds and $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds for rural providers, as well as reverse a new requirement that capital projects be fully completed before the deadline for using the funds.
Sep 21, 2021
In a study reported in JAMA Network Open, rural hospital mergers were associated with lower mortality for patients admitted to the hospital for heart attack, heart failure, stroke and pneumonia.
Sep 13, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded four organizations an initial $2 million each to serve as lead organizations for the Community Transformation Track in the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model.
Sep 10, 2021
The AHA released a new episode of PowerPlay, the on-demand video series that connects AHA members to major players in policy, politics and science.
Sep 7, 2021
In a move it says is driven by customers who want more convenient and affordable health care products and services, Dollar General will join an army of retail competitors that are intent on becoming a health care destination.