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3 days to save on NRHA’s fastest-growing events
Get your tickets today for NRHA’s Rural Health Clinic Conference , Oct. 1-2, and Critical Access Hospital Conference, Oct. 2-4, in Austin, Texas. A recent HHS report indicates that 846 CAHs would lose certification and funding if forced to re-enroll in the CAH program. Hear from your national advocates on the impact of this recommendation and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen. Register by Sept. 1 to save hundreds on both events.
NRHA makes Modern Healthcare’s list of top influencers
NRHA CEO Alan Morgan again made Modern Healthcare’s annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. “It’s great to see that readers of Modern Healthcare magazine recognize the efforts of NRHA,” Morgan says. Modern Healthcare’s list honors individuals in health care who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact.
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State’s refusal to expand Medicare hurts rural residents, reports AP writer from NRHA event
The Associated Press via Minneapolis StarTribune
Though it’s likely rural residents will benefit from the health care overhaul, many will be hurt if the Medicaid program is not expanded, said a health economist during NRHA’s Preserving Community Hospitals meeting in Milwaukee. Less than half the states have opted not to expand the program eligibility, however, many others still are debating the issue, said Tim McBride, a health economist with the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.
2 days to apply: Become a Rural Health Fellow
NRHA is accepting applications for its 2014 Rural Health Fellows program through Aug. 31. The goal of the fellows program is to educate, develop and inspire a networked community of rural health leaders who will step forward to serve in key positions in NRHA, affiliated rural health advocacy groups and local and state legislative bodies. Fellows meet in person three times throughout the year to undergo leadership and advocacy training. Apply or share this opportunity today .
Are critical access hospitals on the brink of closing?
The Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report stating that two-thirds of the nation’s critical access hospitals would not meet the distance requirement if they were to re-enroll in the Medicare program. “The 34-page report would eradicate individual state determinations on which small, rural hospitals are critical ‘necessary providers’ in a state by overriding state decisions with complete federal authority,” NRHA’s Brock Slabach explained. Read more national coverage of NRHA’s response to the report.
Quality project aims to measure, improve care at rural health clinics
Rural health clinics are the last type of primary care provider that isn’t being penalized or incentivized for reporting patient care quality data. A new quality improvement project involving multiple stakeholders and rural health experts from across the country aims to change that. “You can’t improve what you don’t measure,” says John Gale, research associate at the University of Southern Maine Rural Health Research Center. “It’s a standard axiom in the quality improvement world.” Hear more on this with NRHA Oct. 1-2 in Austin, Texas.
Some rural residents may benefit from health overhaul, NRHA comments
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
Rural residents could be paying less for health insurance and medical care under the new health law, according to the Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska. “I see that all the time: Farm families who have to work a second job so that they can provide insurance to their families,” NRHA’s Brock Slabach said.
NRHA seeks volunteer leaders
NRHA is currently seeking volunteers for leadership positions within its Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress. NRHA’s strength and success is largely the result of leaders, members and staff working together with a common purpose to ensure the broadest range and highest quality of health care services for rural America. We ask that you give thoughtful consideration to nominating or accepting nomination by Sept. 16 for one of several positions that will begin Jan. 1.
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