CHA News Article

Rural Hospitals Attend 32nd Annual Symposium

Last week, CHA hosted its 32nd annual Rural Health Care Symposium in Sacramento. CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner opened the well-attended symposium with a welcome address. The program examined key steps to sustainability and featured keynote speaker Dr. George Pink, deputy director of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program and Humana Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, who described a prescriptive model for determining financial distress in small rural hospitals, including California-specific data. 

The symposium also featured a CEO panel discussion addressing potential changes to the Affordable Care Act, workforce challenges and innovative collaboration. Additionally, attendees received an update from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services staff, learned strategies to improve and sustain rural financial performance, and heard an update from American Hospital Association leadership on advocacy plans under the new administration.