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Critical Access Hospital Conference

Sep 22-24, 2021 Kansas City, Mo.

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Join us in Kansas City for NRHA’s 2021 Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conferences, Sept. 21-24. They’re NRHA’s fastest-growing events for a reason.

Take advantage of the educational and networking opportunities designed for clinic and hospital professionals and board members serving rural America.

Be sure to register for both events to save $100 on your total registration cost. NRHA members save $100 more, while non-members may receive a complimentary one-year NRHA membership.


Call for presentations


NRHA is accepting presentation submissions for our 2021 Critical Access Hospital Conference until June 2. Late submissions will not be accepted. Only abstracts submitted through the online form below will be considered. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by email in mid July. All speakers selected must register for the conference in which they speak. Speakers receive a discounted registration fee. No travel, lodging or meal expenses are covered.

Five interest tracks are available for submissions: innovation, financial, leadership, quality and best practices (No vendors are eligible for the best practices category and preference may be given to past and present Top 20 CAH recipients).

Submit your Critical Access Hospital Conference presentation here.

Visit the RHC and CAH conference call for presentations page for more information about the submission process.

  • icon-agenta Agenda


    2021 RHC & CAH agendas TBA

    NRHA’s Quality and Clinical Conference has been integrated into NRHA’s Kansas City events as an exclusive track consisting of seven sessions.


    Past agendas

    2020 RHC & CAH conferences
    2019 CAH conference
    2018 CAH conference
    2017 CAH conference
    2016 CAH conference

    2015 CAH conference
    2014 CAH conference


    Additional information

    Continuing education credits are available.


  • icon-scholarships Scholarships

    Scholarship funds are now available for students and community members with a critical need for financial support with registration expenses to attend NRHA’s 2020 virtual Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conferences.

    Scholarships covering registration expenses for the virtual events will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to individuals who meet eligibility criteria and who are unable to attend the events without such support.

  • icon-rates Rates

    Early RHC rates (before Aug. 31)
    $529 for members
    $629 for non-members*
    $263 for students^
    $1089 for member commercial entities
    $1189 for non-member commercial entities 

    Standard RHC rates (after Aug. 31)
    $579 for members
    $679 for non-members*
    $313 for students^
    $1139 for member commercial entities
    $1239 for non-member commercial entities 

    Early RHC and CAH rates (before Aug. 31)
    $769 for members
    $869 for non-members*
    $384 for students^

    Standard RHC and CAH rates (after Aug. 31)
    $819 for members
    $919 for non-members*
    $434 for students^

    * includes a complimentary one-year membership for first-time NRHA members.

    ^ students receive a 50 percent discount on all conference rates when authenticated.

    Contact [email protected] or 816-756-3140 for more information.


    NRHA Refund Policy

    For cancellations received by National Rural Health Association at least 30 days prior to a conference or seminar, a full refund, less a 30% processing fee, will be provided to the registrant.

    For cancellations received less than 30 days prior to a conference or seminar, a credit towards attendance at a future conference or seminar will be provided.

    No refunds or credits will be provided for no-shows and cancellation notifications received after the conference or seminar is held.


  • icon-exhibitors Exhibitors


    Due to the growth of NRHA's Partnership Program and limited exhibit space at NRHA's Critical Access Hospital Conference, booth spaces are reserved for NRHA partners only. Contact Colleen Bay to learn more. 

    Advertisers and sponsors

    Don't miss the opportunity to increase your visibility in the rural market with ads and sponsorships or by becoming a vetted NRHA Partner.

    Download NRHA's 2021 engagement guide, or contact Colleen Bay to learn more.

    NRHA offers sponsorships for all events, providing a valuable opportunity for your organization to gain visibility. These sponsorships, ads and partnerships are great ways to get your company's message in the hands of hundreds of attendees. Remember, one-third of all U.S. hospitals are rural facilities.


    Continuing education

    By attending the Critical Access Hospital Conference offered by the National Rural Health Association participants may earn up to nine hours ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation. Download an attendance certificate for the most recent Critical Access Hospital Conference.



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