Rural issues

Feb 9, 2018
The logjam broke this week when Congress passed a spending bill that included many important provisions that benefit the patients and communities we are privileged to serve each day. Importantly, the bill delays for two years cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments, which are…
Feb 5, 2018
Like many of you, Carilion serves a diverse population, including many in rural communities. And, like you, it’s important to me to ensure all our patients have access to high-quality, affordable care. We’re using creative, new ways to bridge the gaps between patients and providers, such as…
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.
Jan 5, 2018
It’s a new year but Congress has some old business to attend to—including many critical hospital and health system priorities.  Both Houses of Congress will be back in session next week. Front and center is legislation to keep the government open past January 19. Also on Congress’ to-do list…
Feb 8, 2018
Merit-based Incentive Payment System Alternative Payment Models that use population health strategies can reduce patient costs and add benefits for hospitals and health systems, Lee McCall, CEO of Neshoba County General Hospital in Philadelphia, MS, and Don Wee, CEO of Tri-State Memorial Hospital…
Feb 8, 2018
Transitional care strategies can help rural hospitals manage care for medically and socially complex patients, or "super utilizers," panelists said yesterday at the AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. AHA Board Member Jason Spring, chief strategic officer of Kalispell (MN)…
Feb 7, 2018
Congress Feb. 9 passed a budget bill containing a number of provisions important to hospitals and health systems. Among these provisions are a delay of $5 billion in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital reductions scheduled for FYs 2018 and 2019; extending several Medicare payment adjustments…
Feb 7, 2018
The Issue Approximately 51 million Americans live in rural areas and depend upon the hospital in their community. Remote geographic location, small size, limited workforce, physician shortages and often constrained financial resources pose a unique set of challenges for rural hospitals. Rural…
Feb 6, 2018
House Republicans late last night introduced a stop-gap spending measure that would extend government funding until March 23, eliminate $5 billion in scheduled Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and extend several Medicare payment adjustments that support…
Feb 6, 2018
Live from the 2018 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rick Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association speaks about the importance of the 2018 AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference live from Phoenix, Arizona. "One of the things that is important about this conference is the ability of hospital leaders — trustees,…