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NRHA launches Rural COVID-19 Technical Assistance Center.

Individuals in rural communities often face barriers to health stemming from economic factors, environmental differences, and feelings of isolation. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a generational challenge and exacerbated these concerns, revealing a critical need for rapid response efforts. With the support of a generous grant of $200,000 from CoBank, NRHA is helping rural health care providers overcome barriers they face through the creation....

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NRHA Statement Condemning Racism.

NRHA stands in solidarity with communities of color as we fight against the systematic, individually mediated, and internalized racism deeply embedded within our country and its institutions. Structural racism is a public health crisis, and its effects are detrimental to the physical and mental health of all individuals and communities. It is an underlying condition contributing to health inequities and the disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality borne by racial minorities.  .

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NRHA releases 2020 Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices.

Research shows rural populations have lower dental care utilization, higher rates of dental caries, lower rates of insurance, higher rates of poverty, less water fluoridation, fewer dentists per population, and greater travel distances to access care compared to urban populations. Improving the oral health of rural populations requires innovative practices and flexible approaches to expand and better distribute the rural oral health workforce, including approaches tailored to remote areas....

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NRHA Technical Assistance Center releases COVID-19 position.

A significant amount of discussion on NRHA Connect and in other organizations has focused on accounting and cost report treatment of various funding streams from COVID-19-related legislation. This paper outlines some issues involved and suggests positions providers may consider or discussions they should have with their financial and reimbursement advisers. The positions of NRHA are not authoritative and should not be solely relied upon for financial or reimbursement reporting. In....

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When and how to build post-COVID revenue.

With months of nothing but COVID-19 in the news, the promise of better days seems to be that much closer. Many states have started dialogues with residents about what reopening will look like and when it may begin. In Wisconsin, criteria for reopening includes “95 percent of hospitals being in a position to treat all patients without crisis care and test all direct-care staff with symptoms for COVID-19.” When will hospitals reach 95 percent? No one knows exactly – which....

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