November 18, 2021
On National Rural Health Day, HAP celebrates Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals for the outstanding care they provide within their communities.
The 11th annual Rural Health Day highlights the “Power of Rural” health care providers and the critical role they play across the nation. These facilities serve as anchors within their regions, ensuring patients have access to quality care through their inpatient and outpatient services, and through innovative approaches such as telehealth. They also care for a patient population that is older, has more chronic conditions and health disparities, and would otherwise struggle to access care.
As we celebrate Rural Health Day, here are four facts about rural health from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health:
HAP is committed to helping Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals address the financial challenges threatening their ability to deliver outstanding care. Launched during 2019, Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Model aims to deliver a sustainable model of care, ensuring rural hospitals can count on stable revenue sources.
The program also encourages hospitals to transform care—with a focus on telehealth and other preventive services that may reduce the need for more expensive acute care. Eighteen Pennsylvania hospitals are currently participating.
HAP has been a champion of Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Model and applauds our rural hospitals for their outstanding commitment to their communities through:
HAP celebrates our rural hospitals for their exemplary care and continues to advocate for state and federal resources that will preserve rural health care across the commonwealth.
For additional information about Rural Health Day or Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Model, contact Kate Slatt, HAP’s vice president, innovative payment and care delivery.
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