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.

Top rural and community hospitals announced

NRHA has named the 20 highest-ranked prospective payment system hospitals in the country based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index. These rural and community hospitals will be recognized in an awards ceremony during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit May 21 in San Diego.

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NRHA co-hosts 2020 Rural Health Disparities Summit

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and American Heart Association (AHA) have united to find solutions to growing health disparities between rural and urban Americans during the third annual Rural Health Disparities Summit. This year’s summit will focus on disparities within rural communities among minority populations. The summit will be held Thursday, Feb. 13 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Hilton Washington, D.C., National Mall...

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NRHA, AHA, more oppose Medicaid block grant proposal

The Partnership for Medicaid, a nonpartisan, nationwide coalition made up of organizations representing doctors, health care providers, safety net health plans, counties, and labor, including the National Rural Health Association and American Hospital Association, expresses its concern over the Administration’s recently released Healthy Adult Opportunity initiative encouraging states to apply for Medicaid block grants or per capita caps through the Section 11115 waiver process.

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Who’s Coming to NRHA’s Policy Institute?

The National Rural Health Association is hosting the largest rural advocacy event in the nation Feb. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. Our 31st Rural Health Policy Institute is set to be our largest yet, and speakers include rural health experts and prominent figures from Capitol Hill and within the Administration. NRHA’s Policy Institute is a great opportunity to network with rural health care providers...

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3 waypoints on the rural health care journey

How far will you go to protect and improve the health of your hospital? Trying to maintain status quo is becoming increasingly perilous for rural and community hospital leaders. Relentless attacks from aggressors have tested the endurance and resolve of even the staunchest among us. What could once be counted on for survival has been eroded if not completely destroyed. Perhaps the real question is, “How far can you go?”

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Fiscal 2020 Spending Package: Rural Health

The Federal Government avoided a shutdown before the new year after a spending agreement between the House of Representatives, Senate, and White House. In the eight-bill spending package, vital rural health initiatives were reauthorized and funded.  

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NRHA Strongly Supports Legislation to Help Mitigate the Rural Hospital Closure Crisis

On Wednesday, critical bipartisan and bicameral legislation was introduced in Congress to combat the rural hospital closure crisis. Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), David Loebsack (D-IA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Rural Hospital Closure Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 5481; S. 3103) to protect vulnerable rural facilities at risk of closure. This legislation allows a limited number of struggling rural PPS hospitals to...

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NRHA announces 2020 volunteer leaders

Leadership for the National Rural Health Association is secure for 2020 and beyond, thanks to recent elections for NRHA’s Board of Trustees and open Rural Health Congress positions. NRHA members chose John Gale as president-elect. Gale, a longtime NRHA member and rural health advocate who serves as a senior research associate at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, will assume the duties of NRHA president in 2021.

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Prescription Drug Legislation Moves Through The House

The House of Representatives is slated to pass H.R. 3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

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Time for new perspective: Rural nursing workforce 

After being a nurse for more than 40 years, one thing is certain: Health care and nursing are ever changing. Nearly 30 years of my nursing experience has been at critical access hospitals, so my heart holds a special place for rural nursing. Some of the greatest challenges of working in a small rural hospital have become my most memorable moments and accomplishments. I was part of a group of rural nurses who started a nurse-owned business as leaders in the research utilization movement ...

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