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.

Rural providers: The most important small businesses in a pandemic

Is rural America ready for a pandemic? Per capita, rural Americas are older and sicker with higher percentages of the six leading chronic diseases, making them more vulnerable to COVID-19. At the same time, rural health care providers are struggling to keep their doors open. Nearly half of all rural hospitals operate at a financial loss, and the rural hospital closure crisis has created health care deserts throughout rural America.

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NRHA's COVID-19 Advocacy Response Update

NRHA is here to be responsive to the needs of our members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our commitment to you is to provide you with the latest information and resources available to help you provide care for the patients of rural America. Additionally, our advocacy team continues to fight to make sure that you have the resources and abilities needed to control and manage this pandemic.

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NRHA COVID-19 response and event updates

NRHA takes seriously the impact COVID-19 could have on our members and rural communities nationwide. We are closely monitoring new developments regarding the coronavirus and will always place first the safety and well-being of our members, event attendees, and all rural Americans. NRHA staff are equipped to provide continuity of service throughout this period. We will continue to provide education, advocacy, and communications to ensure your rural community has the knowledge and resources to...

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CMS Sends More Detailed Guidance to Providers about COVID-19

CMS Sends More Detailed Guidance to Providers about COVID-19

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CMS Issues FAQs to Assist Medicare Providers

CMS Issues FAQs to Assist Medicare Providers

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Rural Americans Must Stay Vigilant as Legal Battles Continue on ACA

Last December, a federal district court in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety.  Though the court left the ACA intact pending a likely intervention by the Supreme Court, the atmosphere of uncertainty created by this decision is alarming and will likely contribute further to the instability of the individual insurance market.   

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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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