Rural issues

Feb 2, 2018
This is a compendium of case examples of AHA members from across the country employing the nine emerging strategies recommended by the association’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities.
Sep 10, 2018
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a tireless advocate working to ensure that the unique needs of our 2,000 plus rural hospital members are a national priority. This issue of the Small or Rural Update reviews the AHA rural advocacy agenda, federal rule making, national policy priorities and tools and resources for rural hospitals.
Rural Advocacy Senate Hearing Examines Rural Health Care: The Senate Finance Committee May 24 held a hearing on "Rural Health Care in America: Challenges and Opportunities." In a statement submitted for the record, AHA recommended legislative and regulatory actions to maintain access to health…
Aug 2, 2018
(Pictured, above: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai) The Federal Communications Commission today agreed to seek comments for 30 days on creating a new $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program to support telehealth for low-income Americans, especially those living in rural areas and veterans. If established,…
Aug 2, 2018
Rural Hospital-Health Clinic Integration dl iconDownload the factsheet (PDF)   The AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities examined ways in which the access to and delivery of care could be improved. This strategy – focused on cooperation and collaboration through…
Jul 17, 2018
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today held a hearing examining challenges and solutions related to the issue of rural broadband.   In a statement submitted for the hearing, AHA told the subcommittee it appreciates its “focus on the importance of…
Jul 17, 2018
AHA statement before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology: Realizing the Benefits of Rural Broadband: Challenges and Solutions.
Jun 25, 2018
The AHA today submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2019, offering key recommendations with respect to Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital payment, CAR T-cell therapy, rural hospitals, the wage…
Jun 21, 2018
The Small/Rural Section Council meets three times a year and actively advises the AHA on advocacy positions, public policy issues, and member service strategies. Please read the meeting highlights below: Highlights from June 2018 Highlights from February 2018
Jun 19, 2018
The Federal Communications Commission commissioners have voted unanimously to approve Chairman Ajit Pai’s order that will increase funding for the Rural Health Care Program by $171 million, as urged by the AHA. “This money will help health care providers get the connectivity they need to better…
Jun 18, 2018
Eligible organizations can apply through July 30 for up to $200,000 in fiscal year 2018 funding to develop opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery plans for high-risk rural communities, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced. The lead applicant must be part…