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Our goal is to provide a platform for leaders to come together to share, collaborate and learn from their peers about the nuances and complexities that impact rural healthcare across the country.


Featuring your rural health leader peers on the unique challenges, opportunities and evolution of rural healthcare.

Educational Programming

Topics of interest such as communicating through change and hard choices, workforce issues, advocacy, issues and crisis management and more

May 21, 2024 • Time: 2:00 PM CST

The latest research from Chartis indicates that America’s rural communities are becoming increasingly vulnerable as health disparities widen and access to care options dwindle. For more than a decade now, innovative models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have helped to reduce fragmentation and create more care continuity for rural populations. Across the country, we’ve seen varied approaches for achieving and driving success, many of which are built on innovation and adaptation.

Join us for a special discussion focused on the key components of a rural innovation strategy and how to best leverage innovation featuring insight from CEOs at some of the nation’s top performing rural hospitals and networks.

Michael Topchick

Partner and Executive Director, Chartis Center for Rural Health

Letitia Fecher

Senior Vice President, Public & Community Health Systems Practice Lead

Michael Hildebrand

Vice President, Public & Community Health Systems Practice Deputy Lead

Dr. Kevin Caserta

Senior Medical Director Population Health, Summit Pacific Medical Center

Angelina Salazar, MA

Chief Executive Officer, Western Health Alliance

Session One

New Chartis data indicates that enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans across rural communities has jumped 49% since 2019. Across rural America, Medicare Advantage plans now account for 38% of all Medicare-eligible patients. In some states, that percentage already exceeds 50%.

For rural hospitals, Medicare Advantage plans present unique challenges. Reimbursement rates are lower, denials are frequent and administering multiple plans stretches already thin resources. There are also few reporting requirements, which make it difficult to understand how they are performing and at what cost.

Watch this previous session in the Leading Rural Health Education series to learn how Medicare Advantage is reshaping hospital operations.

Session Two

Every US health system is facing unprecedented scrutiny from media, lawmakers, special interest groups and others. Hospitals need to be proactive in telling their story and building a coalition of advocates now to head off any unwarranted attack.

Join communications and advocacy experts from Jarrard Inc. for a conversation about the evolving healthcare landscape, building a narrative that positions you for success in this new landscape and identifying and engaging with a group of supporters who can advocate on your behalf.

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