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.

Why rural health care providers should invest in value-based solutions

Most of us would agree that controlling costs while providing high-quality, coordinated health care is a financial and moral imperative. This is especially true in rural markets, where household incomes are approximately four percent lower than urban areas and about 13.3 percent of families live below official poverty thresholds. But creating health solutions infrastructure to deliver value and provide an exceptional level of care comes at a cost, often requiring hard choices on where to...

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CMS Releases Proposal to Cut Medicare Part B Drug Costs

Late this week, CMS released a proposal to reduce the cost of Medicare Part B Drugs. What would its impact be for rural America?

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Breast Cancer in Rural America

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, breast cancer deaths have decreased by as much as 34% and continue to decline. Unfortunately, improvement has not occurred equally among all populations. Just as with so many other diseases, those with breast cancer in rural America are less likely to have the cancer diagnosed early and to receive the treatment necessary.

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Rural Hospital Closures Climb Rapidly

For a brief time, the number of rural hospital closures seemed to have stalled. Despite a rising number of hospitals operating at a loss, and regardless of Congressional inaction, rural hospitals were managing to hold on. Then the summer brought a rush of hospital closures, a landslide that’s continued into the fall.

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The Rural MOMS Act: Reducing Maternal Mortality and Increasing Care

Last week, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced S. 3568, the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services (MOMS) Act. This bill begins to address the needs of expecting mothers and babies in rural areas to ensure a healthy and vibrant future for rural families.  

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Assurance for Rural ACOs: NRHA Submits CMS Comments

This week, after many discussions with members participating in ACOs, NRHA submitted its comment letter to CMS, outlining our recommendations to improve the proposed rule to allow financially vulnerable rural providers an opportunity to participate in the program.

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Senate Votes on Final Passage of Opioid Package

The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids package Wednesday afternoon in a 98-1 vote and will now send the legislation to the President's Desk for a final signature.

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Senate Passes Opioid Crisis Response Act

Last night, the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act with nearly unanimous approval (99-1).

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Conference Concludes with Final Version of L-HHS Bill

The Senate and House Conference Committee on Minibus III (Defense/L-HHS) concluded their Conference meetings last night and filed the final version of the Defense/L-HHS Bill funding the departments for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19).  

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6 ways to maximize your time at NRHA’s clinic, CAH events

In less than two weeks, NRHA will host not one, but two conferences in a city brimming with inspiration: the 2018 Rural Health Clinic Conference and Critical Access Hospital Conference are happening Sept. 25-28 in Kansas City, Mo., a gem of the Midwest where ideas flow in happening places. Whether you’re planning to attend both conferences or just one, here are some strategies to maximize your time at NRHA’s fastest-growing events and get the most out of your visit to Kansas City.

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