Rural issues

Jul 15, 2020
AHA letter to Rep. Mike Thompson expressing support for the Critical Access Hospital Expansion Act (H.R. 6693), legislation that would reopen the “necessary provider” designation to eligible rural hospitals.
Jul 12, 2020
On behalf of our nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, including 240 long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), and our clinician partners – including more than 270,000 affiliated physicians, 2 million nurses and other caregivers – and the 43,000 health care…
Jul 10, 2020
A new AHA podcast explores how rural hospitals have found new ways to deliver care to patients with COVID-19.
Jul 10, 2020
The AHA is pleased that HHS will be distributing additional funds from the CARES Act emergency relief fund to hospitals serving rural patients and hospitals serving high numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients, as we have urged.
Jul 10, 2020
The Department of Health and Human Services today announced that it will distribute over $4 billion in additional funds from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to rural hospitals and hospitals that serve a high number of Medicaid patients and provide large amounts of uncompensated…
Jul 9, 2020
AHA has tracked the stories of several rural community hospitals as part of our coverage of COVID-19. Those stories and their podcasts may be found on the AHA website. As part of this series we share how rural hospitals have found new ways of delivering care to patients under COVID-19. Today, we…
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.
Jun 26, 2020
In 2019, the Physician Alliance hosted rural physician leaders to a discussion about challenges and innovative strategies when providing care in rural hospitals. This issue brief includes keys to leadership in a rural setting, and clickable icon links to resources to explore how rural leaders…
Jun 12, 2020
Representatives from AHA’s Rural Health Services Council met virtually on May 28. Agenda items included a rural hospital federal update and the future of rural health in a post-COVID-19 world.