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.

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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The last line of cyber-defense: a well-trained employee

Health care organizations are no strangers to security awareness training. The HIPAA privacy rule’s administrative requirement and administrative safeguard clearly state minimum training requirements for covered entities and business associates. The most common approach to meet these requirements is new-hire and annual computer-based training (CBT) courses, which range anywhere from a few minutes to several hours in length. Security awareness generally boils down to a few basic...

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Dear rural hospitals: Where are your nurses?

Rural communities are struggling to retain qualified staff nurses. Are you limping by with travel nurses and understaffed units? Are your communities suffering like many other rural towns throughout the nation? You are not alone. Will you continue to swirl in the shortage whirlpool or speak up for better outcomes? Learn what you can do to lead the way in reducing the nursing shortage.

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Congress Passes 2018 Farm Bill

On Tuesday, the Senate voted in support of the Conference Committee's report, and just last night, the House voted in support of the report as well. The Farm Bill will now be sent to the President's desk for a signature, which is expected soon.   

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Conference Committee Releases Final Farm Bill

We are excited to share with our members that the Conference Committee on the 2018 Farm Bill has finally concluded and released their report late last night. We are even more excited to share that the 2018 Farm Bill includes new programs and opportunities for the future of health care in rural communities.  

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Congress Passes Maternity Care Legislation

Last night, the Senate passed H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, sending the bill to the President's desk for a final signature.

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Rural Life Expectancy Falls Further in New CDC Data

This afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released their latest research, compiling facts and figures about the effects of the opioid crisis on our nation.

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