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.

3 waypoints on the rural health care journey

How far will you go to protect and improve the health of your hospital? Trying to maintain status quo is becoming increasingly perilous for rural and community hospital leaders. Relentless attacks from aggressors have tested the endurance and resolve of even the staunchest among us. What could once be counted on for survival has been eroded if not completely destroyed. Perhaps the real question is, “How far can you go?”

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Fiscal 2020 Spending Package: Rural Health

The Federal Government avoided a shutdown before the new year after a spending agreement between the House of Representatives, Senate, and White House. In the eight-bill spending package, vital rural health initiatives were reauthorized and funded.  

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NRHA Strongly Supports Legislation to Help Mitigate the Rural Hospital Closure Crisis

On Wednesday, critical bipartisan and bicameral legislation was introduced in Congress to combat the rural hospital closure crisis. Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), David Loebsack (D-IA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Rural Hospital Closure Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 5481; S. 3103) to protect vulnerable rural facilities at risk of closure. This legislation allows a limited number of struggling rural PPS hospitals to...

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NRHA announces 2020 volunteer leaders

Leadership for the National Rural Health Association is secure for 2020 and beyond, thanks to recent elections for NRHA’s Board of Trustees and open Rural Health Congress positions. NRHA members chose John Gale as president-elect. Gale, a longtime NRHA member and rural health advocate who serves as a senior research associate at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, will assume the duties of NRHA president in 2021.

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Prescription Drug Legislation Moves Through The House

The House of Representatives is slated to pass H.R. 3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

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Time for new perspective: Rural nursing workforce 

After being a nurse for more than 40 years, one thing is certain: Health care and nursing are ever changing. Nearly 30 years of my nursing experience has been at critical access hospitals, so my heart holds a special place for rural nursing. Some of the greatest challenges of working in a small rural hospital have become my most memorable moments and accomplishments. I was part of a group of rural nurses who started a nurse-owned business as leaders in the research utilization movement ...

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NRHA announces 2020 Rural Health Fellows

The National Rural Health Association is pleased to announce the final selections for its 2020 Rural Health Fellows program. After a competitive review process, 15 fellows were selected to participate in this yearlong, intensive program aimed at developing leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America. The new NRHA Rural Health Fellows are ...

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NRHA Celebrates National Rural Hospital Week & National Rural Health Day

In celebration of National Rural Hospital Week, NRHA has partnered with the Federation of American Hospitals to recognize the inspiring efforts of some of NRHA's members. We are excited to share their stories with you, shining a light on those who are working to improve the health and well-being of millions in America’s rural communities, and to highlight the incredible power of rural.

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Don’t miss out on your MIPS reimbursement

Meeting your MIPS requirements doesn't have to be arduous and painful! Did you know that one unique aspect of MIPS is that CME can count towards your MIPS requirement? Many CME Outfitters activities are designed to meet the requirements as MIPS improvement activities.  When you participate in one of our activities that is designated as an Improvement Activity, we make it as straightforward as possible to submit your requirements to CMS.  

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Deadline Approaching for Rescores in HRSA's Shortage Designation Modernization Project Auto-HPSA National Update

HRSA's Shortage Designation Modernization Project Auto-HPSA National Update has given new scores and the deadline for rescoring is approaching.   

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