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IHA Rural Health Reform Proposal 

The health care landscape is changing, particularly in rural areas. In 2019, the IHA Board established a Rural Health Care Innovation Task Force to review innovative payment and delivery system models being deployed across the country and develop recommendations to be shared with Iowa’s congressional delegation. IHA and its members have developed a proposal to address rural hospitals’ growing financial challenges. The IHA Rural Reform Proposal is a three-pronged approach to providing help to Iowa’s rural hospitals. It is designed to help hospitals right size to maintain access to critical services in their communities and to provide adequate payment for those essential services. 
 
Although legislators at the state and federal level have already voiced their support for this proposal, IHA is counting on member hospitals to continue sharing the importance of rural health care in their communities. Below are resources available with more details on the proposal as well as media content that can be used to encourage continued support from legislators. 
 

The Rural Reform Proposal was unveiled during the IHA Statewide District Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the IHA Conference Center in Des Moines. Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System and IHA Board Chair, and Kirk Norris, IHA President and CEO, outlined the proposal. A 36-minute recording of their remarks is available below. Guthmiller speaks for the first 22 minutes and is followed immediately by Norris. NOTE: Viewers can toggle between the video image and the slides using the arrow icon.