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.

How a rural hospital improved patient experience with imaging

Rural Americans have the same imaging needs as people in urban areas, but many rural hospitals don’t believe they have the patient volume or resources to purchase MRI or CT systems. This often leads rural hospitals to pursue other options, like contracting with a mobile MRI provider. While this arrangement helped West Feliciana Hospital meet the imaging needs of local residents, they noticed a decrease in provider referrals and volume over time. The reasons leading up to this were all...

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How the great resignation could help rural hospitals with staffing

In the world at large, our economy is shifting due to the effects of The Great Resignation. While many professionals are walking away from careers, others realize they can work non-traditionally – and in many cases, more efficiently – in a way, that better supports their personal lives. The national debate on the topic is centered on skepticism and fears of unpredictable productivity versus a reinvention of work.

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NRHA member response to devastating Kentucky floods

When catastrophic flooding hit eastern Kentucky in late July, NRHA member Nikki King sprang into action. The impact of the historic weather event has been nothing short of devastating, killing at least 37 people while others remain missing. To help out in her hometown of Neon, King has been driving supplies and working her phone tree to get supplies for the community.

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Attracting, retaining talent amid the travel nurse surge

As hospitals leaders scramble to secure nurses to care for patients, we have seen increased salaries and a bidding war over nurse talent that have driven the average nurse pay rate up. This has hit rural health care facilities particularly hard, where often budgets can no longer compete with larger health care systems. Learn four ways rural health care facilities can attract and retain nurse talent amid this staffing crisis.

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Telemedicine essential for addressing clinical, behavioral care access disparities

With a growing shortage of primary care providers and behavioral health specialists, telemedicine will be key to improving access and choice for residents of underserved and disadvantaged communities.

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Congress Passes Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Package: NRHA Statement

The National Rural Health Association applauds Congress for their bipartisan compromise to fund the government and the attention shown toward rural health care programs.  

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2022 State of the Union: NRHA Statement

In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Biden proposed his solutions to the biggest concerns we are currently facing as a nation, including those facing rural health.

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NRHA receives $7 million donation from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott

NRHA is proud to announce that it has received a one-time, unrestricted donation in the amount of $7 million from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott.

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NRHA announces 2022 leadership elections results

Leadership for the National Rural Health Association is secure for 2022 and beyond, thanks to recent elections for Board of Trustees and open Rural Health Congress positions.

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Introducing the Save America's Rural Hospitals Act

NRHA's voice isn't enough without your own. We can tell Congress what, but only you can tell them why. That’s why NRHA enlisted our members to provide technical assistance to Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) in developing the Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act and introducing it to the 117th Congress. Now we need you to let your representatives know how this bipartisan bill can serve the whole of rural by raising the rural health safety net and...

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