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ACUTE CARE, INC. supports the American Hospital Association’s 2021 Rural Advocacy Agenda

The American Hospital Association, in publishing their most recent Rural Advocacy Agenda, notes….

Vulnerable patient populations, including the poor, uninsured and those with multiple chronic conditions, have complex health needs exacerbated by social determinants such as food insecurity, unstable housing and lack of transportation.

ACUTE CARE, INC. agrees with this assessment and supports the AHA’s agenda
From our perspective as a practice management partner, one agenda item, Bolster the Workforce, stands out 

Recruitment and retention of health care professionals is an ongoing challenge and expense for rural hospitals.

More than 60% of the health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) are located in rural or partially rural areas. Targeted programs that help address workforce shortages in rural communities should be supported and expanded, including increased funding for loan repayment for physicians practicing in rural HPSAs. Workforce policies and programs also should encourage nurses and other allied professionals to practice at the top of their license. 

ACUTE CARE, INC. acknowledges and applauds the American Hospital Association’s advocacy efforts on behalf of rural healthcare facilities, and supports their agenda.

Paul Hudson, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer