Rural Workforce

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 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
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
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,…
Feb 2, 2018
Introduction As you attend various workshops and sessions throughout the 2018 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, you can share the following messages on social media to encourage support for rural health coverage. Join in with the #ruralhealth hashtag. Feel free to contact Emily Gustafson…
Jan 29, 2018
Rural Health Care Rural hospitals provide essential health care services to some 57 million people.  Because of their size, modest assets and financial reserves, and higher percentages of Medicare patients, small and rural hospitals disproportionately rely on government payments. Please join…
Dec 18, 2017
Join top practitioners and thinkers who share strategies and resources for accelerating the shift to a more integrated, high performing, and sustainable rural health care system. Conference objectives: Gain practical tools for achieving peak operational, clinical and financial performance…
Oct 17, 2017
Critical access hospitals (CAHs) are vital for maintaining access to high-quality health care services in rural communities. Since established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the AHA has been a champion for its CAH members.
CAHs represent a quarter of all U.S. and more than two-thirds of all rural community hospitals. Securing the future of CAHs and the essential role they play in caring for rural America is of paramount importance. The AHA remains vigilant in the face of legislative, regulatory and policy proposals…
May 30, 2017
Small or Rural Update Summer 2017 Edition (PDF Version) 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 discusses Congress’ activity…
Apr 27, 2017
Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week introduced legislation (H.R. 2141) to improve and extend the Conrad State 30 program until 2021, providing a House companion to the Senate bill (S. 898). First enacted in 1994, the program allows state health departments to request…