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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.


Sep 27, 2019
CMS’ proposal mandating the disclosure of negotiated charges between health plans and hospitals is the wrong approach, exceeds the Administration's legal authority and should be abandoned, AHA told the agency today.
Sep 27, 2019
The AHA today expressed support for the Closing Loopholes for Orphan Drugs Act, H.R. 4538, bipartisan legislation that would limit the “orphan drug” exclusion for 340B Drug Pricing Program rural and cancer hospitals.
Sep 26, 2019 by Duane Reynolds
Duane Reynolds, president and CEO of AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and other AHA leaders recently visited Kearny County Hospital, a critical access hospital in Kansas, where they met with the hospital’s board and community leaders about the organization’s innovative efforts to attract physicians, serve a unique population and improve health equity.
Sep 6, 2019
Nonprofit or public rural entity organizations located in the eight Delta States can apply through Dec. 6 for funding to support the development of integrated health care networks.
Sep 3, 2019
The Federal Communications Commission’s Connected Care Pilot Program is “a welcome and critical step” toward advancing the progress of connected care, and the FCC should “adopt rules that will implement the Pilot Program as soon as possible,” the AHA said.
Aug 22, 2019
The Health Resources and Services Administration seeks input through Oct. 9 on how best to conceptualize and measure access to health care in rural communities as the Department of Health and Human Services’ Rural Health Task Force considers policy changes to meet their needs.
Aug 21, 2019 by Joy Lewis, by Melissa Mannon
An invisible beam that detects ships and airplanes. An innovative drug that reduces cholesterol in a way no one has tried. The notion that tumors can be killed by choking off their blood supply. These things — radar, statins and anti-angiogenesis drugs, respectively — are taken for granted today. But when first proposed, they were laughed at, rejected and deemed impossible. 
Aug 19, 2019
The Health Resources & Services Administration recently released a guide to help rural hospitals and other health care providers together identify and address the health needs in their communities.
Aug 16, 2019
Public or nonprofit rural organizations can apply through Nov. 25 for funding to support integrated rural health care networks.
Aug 9, 2019
The Health Resources and Services Administration yesterday awarded 80 rural consortia $1 million each to help prevent, treat and support recovery for patients with opioid and other substance use disorders in underserved areas.