Rural Health Care Leadership Conference News Coverage

34th Annual AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference. February 17-18, 2021. A virtual conference and engagement exerience.

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 2021 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference and Virtual Experience, February 17-18, 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.


Aug 11, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model, a new payment model for rural communities in response to an Aug. 3 executive order calling for a new model “to ensure that rural healthcare providers are able to provide the necessary level and quality of care.”
Aug 10, 2020
Right before the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) convened more than 65 leaders, trustees and clinicians from rural hospitals across the country at AHA’s annual Rural Conference. We inquired about strategies for health equity in rural communities, as well as these communities’ most common areas of disparity or need.
Aug 7, 2020
The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded 89 organizations, including hospitals, $1 million each to combat opioid and other substance use disorders in high-risk rural communities. The recipients will work with the communities to implement and tailor evidence-based or promising practice models to their needs.
Aug 7, 2020
Rural hospitals, already facing enormous challenges, quickly adapted when COVID-19 reached their communities.
Aug 7, 2020 by John Supplitt
Rural hospitals, already facing enormous challenges, quickly adapted when COVID-19 reached their communities. In this blog, John Supplitt, senior director of AHA Rural Health Services, points to the many examples of rural teams using innovative measures to improve quality of patient care during the pandemic.
Aug 4, 2020
President Trump Aug. 3 signed an executive order on “improving rural health and telehealth access,” with directives to: launch a new payment model for rural health care; develop and implement a strategy to improve rural health care infrastructure.
Jul 29, 2020
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. ET will host a webinar to provide an overview and panel discussion on a competition to spur improvements in postpartum mental health care in rural communities.
Jul 28, 2020
Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg, Wash., was among the nation’s first hospitals to feel the impact of COVID-19.
Jul 10, 2020
A new AHA podcast explores how rural hospitals have found new ways to deliver care to patients with COVID-19.
Jul 1, 2020
The Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Health Care Program will carry forward up to $197.98 million in unused funds from prior years to increase available funding for 2020 to $802.74 million if needed, the agency announced.