Rural Issues


Rural Issues

Rural Issues

Kansas rural hospitals provide essential health care services to a growing population of rural Medicare beneficiaries. Rural communities depend on hospitals to be there when they need them – to respond swiftly to emergencies, to help patients cope with acute and chronic illness and to care for those who have no place left to turn – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Rural Health Visioning

The KHA Board recognized the importance of looking to the future to ensure access to health services in rural communities. To carry out that work, a technical advisory group was appointed in 2012. Many of the resources on this page were developed during their tenure.

Models Reviewed by the TAG - A number of existing models were reviewed and summarized for discussion by the TAG. Below is an overview sheet on each model they have examined to date.

Primary Health Center - During its tenure, the TAG developed a new model for consideration.  This model, the Primary Health Center, was developed and tested and has become a resource in national discussions.  The following resources document the work that was done on the model. New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas have recently begun work to build on this model. A PowerPoint shared with CMS Regional and Central Office representatives is also provided below.

Rural Education Sessions

For more information regarding this program, contact Dee Lewis at (785) 233-7436 or
For more information regarding this board meeting contact Ronnie Anderson ( or Steve Poage ( at (785) 233-7436.
For more information on this program, visit the Kansas Collaborative website at or call (785) 235-0763.
For more information on this program, contact Deborah Stern at or (785) 233-7436.
Join the Kansas Hospital Association for a Healthy Kansas Hospitals webinar at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, when Amber Groeling, Topeka Hy-Vee dietitian, will present on what foods play a key role in improving mood, alertness and sleep.