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.

Nation’s leading rural health orgs unite

NRHA is proud to announce on National Rural Health Day the formation of the Rural Health Action Alliance (RHAA), a coalition of the nation’s leading health care organizations representing providers and facilities that provide millions of Americans with high-quality, evidence-based care – particularly those living and working in rural and underserved areas.

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Cochran-McClain Named as National Rural Health Association Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy

Today, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) announced that Caroline Cochran-McClain, MPA, will join the organization as vice president of government affairs and policy.

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NRHA Applauds the Trump Administration’s New Rural Action Plan

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Rural Action Plan, the first HHS-wide assessment of rural healthcare efforts in more than 18 years and the product of HHS’s Rural Task Force, a group of experts and leaders across the department first put together by HHS Secretary Alex Azar in 2019. The plan features a strategy with four main points: building a sustainable health and human services model for...

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Trump Administration Announces Details of New Rural Health Model

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the details of the Trump Administration's long-awaited, new rural health payment model, the Community Health and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model. The CHART Model aims to, "[Unleash] innovation through new funding opportunities that will increase access and improve quality," by allowing a limited number of rural health providers to participate in one of two tracks, the Community Transformation Track and...

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NRHA Continues to Win Fight to Protect 340B Drugs for Rural Providers

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to cut Medicare Part B payments to hospitals for 340B-purchased drugs next year and in subsequent years by 6.2 percent below the current rate. However, as in the past, Critical Access Hospitals and rural Sole Community Hospitals were exempted from the cuts and will continue to be paid at reasonable cost and the default ASP plus 6 percent rate in the proposal. CMS made the announcement in its Hospital Outpatient...

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President Trump Signs New Executive Order to Improve Rural Health

Last night, President Trump signed an Executive Order to enhance the health of all Americans by improving access to care, particularly for those living in rural areas. The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) applauds the ‘Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access’ and hopes that Congress will contribute to the momentum made by President Trump in future legislative packages.

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NRHA and the U.S. Small Business Administration Present "Rural Providers and the Paycheck Protection Program"

The National Rural Health Association and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have partnered to present a series of regional webinars to highlight Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding available to support America's rural healthcare providers, titled "Rural Providers and the Paycheck Protection Program." 

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HHS Releases Terms and Conditions of Provider Relief Funds

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the terms and conditions of the funds that are being awarded through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, or the “Provider Relief Fund”. This funding will be crucial to rural providers, who are slated to recieve a $10 billion carve-out of the funds, and NRHA has highlighted important details below to ensure that rural providers are not unaware of the conditions of these funds.

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NRHA Applauds Congress and the Administration for $10 Billion Rural Carve-Out

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a $10 billion carve-out within the $100 billion Provider Relief Fund for rural hospitals and health clinics. NRHA is grateful to rural health leaders within the Administration, such as HHS Secretary Alex Azar and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, and Congressional rural champions for recognizing the needs of rural health care.​

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HHS Awards $10 billion to Rural Health Care Providers

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that rural health clinics and hospitals would receive a $10 billion carve out of the Provider Relief Fund. This funding will offer critical, immediate assistance to rural hospitals, rural health clinics and other rural providers who have been struggling to keep their doors open. Additionally, HHS announced that this money will be distributed as early as next week. Here are important details...

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