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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.


Dec 6, 2019
The AHA today responded to a House Ways and Means Committee request for comments on priority topics as its Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force works to identify bipartisan policy options to improve care delivery and health outcomes in these communities.
Dec 4, 2019
The number of incoming medical students from rural backgrounds — a strong predictor a future physician will practice in a rural community — declined 28% between 2002 and 2017 to 852.
Nov 26, 2019
Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program for the 2018 reporting period can apply through Dec. 2 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment.
Nov 21, 2019
A coalition of 14 health care organizations, including the AHA, today voiced support for the Accountable Care in Rural America Act, the companion to Senate legislation that would revise the benchmarking formula for the Medicare Shared Savings Program to ensure participating ACOs have an equal opportunity to share in savings regardless of their geographic location.
Nov 21, 2019 by Tom Nordwick
Tom Nordwick, CEO of Uvalde (Texas) Memorial Hospital and chair-elect for the AHA’s Section for Small or Rural Hospitals, shares why and how his hospital celebrates National Rural Health Day.
Nov 20, 2019 by Maryjane Wurth
The AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, Feb. 2-5 in Phoenix, offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn and share with renowned health care leaders innovating at the forefront of change, writes AHA Executive Vice President Maryjane Wurth.
Nov 18, 2019
Preserving rural health and advancing health in America go hand-in-hand.
Nov 15, 2019
The House Ways and Means Committee today requested input on priority topics for its Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force to consider as it works to improve care delivery and health outcomes in these communities.
Nov 11, 2019
Potentially preventable deaths from cancer, heart disease, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke were more common in rural than urban counties between 2010 and 2017.
Oct 9, 2019
The AHA today submitted recommendations to the Health Resources and Services Administration in response to the agency’s Rural Access to Health Care Services Request for Information.