Rural Health Care Leadership Conference News Coverage

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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 3, 2018
Rural hospitals and other eligible providers can apply through March 4 for a portion of $21 million in Health Resources and Services Administration grants to develop new rural residency programs or training tracks in family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry to expand the physician workforce in rural areas
Nov 27, 2018 by Genevieve Diesing
The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Medical University of South Carolina have embraced underserved communities with robust telehealth programs; and two factions of Northern Light Health in Maine have made dramatic improvements in preventive and psychiatric care by using telehealth programs.
Nov 19, 2018
Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2017 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2017 payment adjustment.
Nov 19, 2018
Health care providers and others can apply through Jan.
Nov 15, 2018 by Genevieve Diesing
Livingston HealthCare in Montana used a grant to streamline behavioral health treatment and screen primary care patients, and Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs, Va., partnered with a pharmacy software company to ensure its uninsured and chronically ill populations have access to needed medications.
Nov 1, 2018 by Genevieve Diesing
Also in this weekly roundup of health care news: When rural hospitals close, the health implications are significant; the VA pilots behavioral health integrated model; and a small drug company tests waters of cholesterol medicine market.
Oct 25, 2018
The Texas A&M University Rural and Community Health Institute recently received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to create a technical advisory center for vulnerable rural hospitals.
Oct 1, 2018
A total of 64 rural hospitals closed between 2013 and 2017, more than twice the number during the prior five-year period.
Sep 27, 2018
The House of Representatives last night voted 361-61 to pass legislation to provide $178.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in fiscal year 2019 and extend current funding levels for other federal programs until Dec. 7.
Sep 26, 2018
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security yesterday held a hearing to examine health care experiences and costs in rural America.