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.

Reviving the heart of a rural community

  • Author: MEDHOST

When a rural Alabama hospital faced closure, it took more than added capital to save the day. In a show of resilience that would have made The Free State of Winston proud, and with support from their community and health care partners, Lakeland Community Hospital was able to keep its doors open. Lakeland’s struggle offers a textbook example of what it takes to save rural health care in America.

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Recognizing and repairing rural health disparities

At the beginning of the month, NRHA held its annual Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. The three-day event brought together hundreds of rural health advocates from across the country to ensure our elected leaders are keeping rural voters’ health needs top of mind now that the midterms have passed. A personal highlight for me was participating in the Rural Health Disparities Summit.

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Rural Hospital Closures Rise to Ninety-Eight

Last week, two rural hospitals closed, bringing the number of rural hospital closures up to 98 since 2010.

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2 Digital Health Tools Every Rural Clinician Should Try

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic disease affects 117 million Americans and is a primary reason behind skyrocketing health care spending. But patient outcomes are not improving; in fact, for patients with chronic disease, outcomes are typically the poorest as they are challenged to self-manage their conditions on a daily basis. Access to support for social determinants of health in addition to medical needs can lead to better outcomes for patients. Digital...

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NRHA to honor Rural Health Champions at 30th Annual Rural Health Policy Institute

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 Rural Health Champion Awards, which recognize outstanding leadership in rural health issues by both members of Congress and congressional staff.  

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2020 Surgeon General Oral Health Report: NRHA Submits Comments

On January 25, following the Surgeon General’s Oral Health Report, NRHA submitted a comment letter to the Office of the Surgeon General, outlining our recommendations to improve oral healthcare in vulnerable rural areas.

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The Dawn of a Rural Health Care Renaissance

In the past five years there have been over 60 rural hospital closures. While some see this as the beginning of the end for rural health care in America, others see a new dawn on the horizon, spurred forward by the expansion of telehealth technologies and restructured rural health care standards. NRHA CEO Alan Morgan recently sat down for an interview to outline his thoughts on rural health care in America, where it is and where it is going. He also shared with us valuable insights as to what...

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NRHA and AAFP Host Rural Health Disparities Summit

In the face of worsening rural health disparities, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) are coming together to hold the 2nd Annual Rural Health Disparities Summit in conjunction with NRHA’s 30th Annual Rural Health Policy Institute.

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Driving rural precision medicine progress

For years, rural communities have faced significant health challenges. And the measurable health disparities rural communities face are exacerbated by a troubling workforce situation. NRHA is motivated to search for new ways to support our members and improve the health of rural communities. That’s why in 2018 we joined the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program as an official partner organization. Through this partnership, NRHA is working to engage our members...

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Generating new revenue with hospital labs

Lost Rivers Medical Center had an amazing turnaround due to CEO Brad Huerta’s innovative pursuit of new partnerships and revenue streams. Lost Rivers’ partnership with InReach Community Dx is an example of the solution Huerta has chosen to successfully turn his laboratory from a cost center into a profit center. InReach develops a sustainable and scalable laboratory outreach program while engaging local health care providers who support the mission to keep local hospitals self...

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