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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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.
Jun 29, 2020
The Administration for Community Living July 1 at 2 p.m. ET will host a webinar featuring leaders sharing COVID19-related and other resources and research to help support older adults and persons with disabilities residing in rural communities.
May 28, 2020
The AHA responded to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services request for information by offering solutions for improving maternal and child health in rural communities.
May 20, 2020
The Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, provided $225 million to rural health clinics for COVID-19 testing.
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.
Feb 12, 2020
With 57 million Americans living in rural areas and dependent on the nearest hospital for most of their care needs, it is more important than ever to preserve the viability of access to care in rural America.
Feb 10, 2020
Deploying telehealth in rural areas and elsewhere to deliver care more efficiently while reducing costs and expanding access continues to accelerate. And the evidence is mounting that virtual care is delivering on these promises. This was a hot topic at the recent AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, where rural hospital and health system leaders shared strategies and information about how they’ve expanded telehealth services to areas like behavioral health emergency assessments, obstetrics, nephrology and neurology.
Feb 10, 2020
Winona (Minn.) Health is using an intelligent online exam tool built on an AI platform to automate care delivery and improve both efficiency and the patient experience for those in remote areas. Patients can access Winona Health’s SmartExam platform from Bright MD 24/7, complete an online questionnaire about their current symptoms, health history and medications and connect with an urgent care clinician in minutes.
Feb 6, 2020
Public and private entities can apply for $1 million grants for a three-year period to enhance or expand opioid and other substance use disorder services in high-risk rural communities, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced.
Feb 4, 2020
Among other highlights, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack hosted sessions with policy experts on health care implications for the 2020 election, Medicare for All, the future of the Affordable Care Act, and AHA's rural advocacy agenda.