NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

Dear rural hospitals: Where are your nurses?

Rural communities are struggling to retain qualified staff nurses. Are you limping by with travel nurses and understaffed units? Are your communities suffering like many other rural towns throughout the nation? You are not alone. Will you continue to swirl in the shortage whirlpool or speak up for better outcomes? Learn what you can do to lead the way in reducing the nursing shortage.

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Congress Passes 2018 Farm Bill

On Tuesday, the Senate voted in support of the Conference Committee's report, and just last night, the House voted in support of the report as well. The Farm Bill will now be sent to the President's desk for a signature, which is expected soon.   

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Conference Committee Releases Final Farm Bill

We are excited to share with our members that the Conference Committee on the 2018 Farm Bill has finally concluded and released their report late last night. We are even more excited to share that the 2018 Farm Bill includes new programs and opportunities for the future of health care in rural communities.  

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Congress Passes Maternity Care Legislation

Last night, the Senate passed H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, sending the bill to the President's desk for a final signature.

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Rural Life Expectancy Falls Further in New CDC Data

This afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released their latest research, compiling facts and figures about the effects of the opioid crisis on our nation.

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Regulations, health IT, and rural health care

Evolving legislative and regulatory demands require health care organizations to better manage their health IT strategies. Health care providers in rural areas feel this impact more intensely. Dr. Geoff Caplea, Allscripts medical director of regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and patient safety, outlines how rural health care organizations can use health IT to drive smarter health care delivery, including how it can help engage patients with their care plans and confront the opioid crisis.

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NRHA announces 2019 Rural Health Fellows

The National Rural Health Association is excited to announce the final selections for its 2019 Rural Health Fellows program. After the completion of a competitive review process, 15 fellows were selected to participate in this yearlong, intensive program aimed at developing leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.

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How CMEs can qualify as MIPS improvement activities

Did you know that if you participate in CME activities, you could already be on your way to satisfying your Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirement? Because MIPS falls under the Quality Payment Program, CME can count towards your MIPS requirement if the activities are designed and executed in alignment with the QPP guidance. 91% of clinicians participated in MIPS in QPP’s first year. You could already be eligible to use CME to meet your MIPS requirements.

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NRHA Announces Partnership with United States Department of Agriculture

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) today announced that it will partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support capacity building for rural health facilities.  

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CMS Releases Final Site Neutral and 340B Rules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just finalized two rule proposals on site neutral payments and cuts to the 340B Program.   

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