The CHA Rural Healthcare Center represents small and rural hospitals, facilities that have a unique, personal relationship with the communities they serve. Their smaller size, distance from population centers, and proximity to patients each present a distinct set of challenges.
The Rural Healthcare Center also serves the needs and interests of Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), and advocates for their interests on federal and state legislative and regulatory policies.
Rural hospital leaders from California joined their colleagues from around the nation today in Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional representatives, urging them to support policies important to rural hospitals — including those related to the two-midnight policy, recovery audit contractors, the 96-hour rule for critical access hospitals and the direct supervision policy for outpatient therapies. Since rural hospitals and the patients they serve would be especially vulnerable to any further cuts, the group urged lawmakers not to cut hospital payments in order to fund a repeal of the sustainable growth rate.
Recognizing that rural and critical access hospitals are unique in their communities and among their peers, CHA maintains an advisory board and policy center dedicated to the needs and challenges of members in rural areas. The CHA Rural Healthcare Center represents hospitals whose size and distance from population centers play a distinct role in the world of health care delivery. CHA members who serve on the center’s advisory board represent the rural perspective and help to set policy goals that best serve rural hospitals. Advocating for their interests in federal and state legislative and regulatory processes, the center makes its voice heard through the advisory board chair, who in turn serves as a member of the CHA Board of Trustees.