February 11, 2024 to February 14, 2024

The American Hospital Association will host the 37th Annual AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, February 11-14, 2024, at the Signia by Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The conference is designed for top health care leaders from rural hospitals, health care systems with a strong presence in rural communities, rural networks and clinics, and rural hospital associations. The conference will feature top rural practitioners sharing actionable strategies and resources aimed at improving access to care, leveraging unique workforce approaches, implementing digital technologies and prioritizing health equity. We will explore the most significant challenges facing rural health care providers and present innovative approaches to transform care delivery and business practices. The content will include: • Strategies for a more robust, resilient and flexible workforce. • Improving quality, patient safety and performance. • Planning and responding to disaster. • Adopting new models of care and payment. • Improving equity and eliminating disparities in treatment, access and outcomes, particularly in behavioral, maternal or specialty services. • Advancing community and population health and economic development. • Inventive approaches to mergers, joint ventures and affiliations. • Advances in telehealth, information technology and artificial intelligence. • Best practices in health care delivery for American Indians and Alaskan Natives. • Best practices for achieving governance excellence.

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Physicians

Learning Objectives

• Participating will be able to discuss strategies for quality improvement like high reliability organizations (HRO) and zero harm as well as concrete supporting tactics for implementation.

• Learning what the board’s role in quality and patient safety should be and how boards should be sure that quality and safety goals are set each year.

• Learning specific strategies and tools for board chairs to increase their effectiveness.

• Participanting will be able to develop solutions that can address the common challenges faced by rural hospitals and health systems - such as use and collection of health equity data, equitable and inclusive organizational policies, and community collaboration.

• Understanding the unique challenges faced by rural populations in accessing specialty palliative care and the benefits of integrating a telehealth solution that promotes goal-concordant care, improved quality of life for patients and their families, and cost-savings for health systems.

• Effectiving Stakeholder Engagement: Acquire practical skills in communicating and engaging with the C-Suite, employees, medical staff, and the community to build trust and collaboration.

• Participanting will be able to implement strategies to increase rehab services offered to your patients • Differentiate between technical and adaptive contributors to revenue cycle performance

• Establishing clear communication channels to align the CEO and the board chair toward shared strategic goals and streamlined decision-making.

• Participanting will learn how to leverage predictive analytics, remote nursing solutions and/or telemonitoring to strengthen retention and recruitment of nurses in rural areas

• Participanting will learn how to establish strong collaborative networks within the community to ensure seamless coordination and communication during mass violence incidents.

• Identifying areas of need in IHS and rural communities for improved maternal and child health outcomes.

• Participating will be able to identify the specific challenges faced by rural healthcare facilities during times of crisis, including limited resources, geographical barriers and the need to build trust within the community.

• Participating will understand the mindset shift from philanthropy as an annual goal to a mission driven strategy.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 14.00 ANCC
  • 14.00 Attendance
Registration Opens: 
Registration Expires: 
Activity Starts: 
02/11/2024 - 1:30pm EST
Activity Ends: 
02/14/2024 - 12:30pm EST
Durham, NC 27705
United States
  • Sarah Reusch
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • ANCC
  • Attendance

Available Credit

  • 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 14.00 ANCC
  • 14.00 Attendance
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