AAAASF Celebrates National Rural Health Day

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Medicare has authorized AAAASF to accredit rural health clinics

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Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, the needs of an aging population and larger percentages of uninsured and underinsured citizens.

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) joins the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state and national rural stakeholders for National Rural Health Day Thursday, Nov. 19.

“Rural communities have unique health care needs,” said AAAASF Executive Director Theresa Griffin-Rossi. “Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions and larger percentages of uninsured and underinsured citizens.

“Rural hospitals and clinics are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care yet struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents,” Griffin-Rossi added. “AAAASF is proud to join NOSORH in celebrating National Rural Health Day.”

About the AAAASF
AAAASF was established in 1980 to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in outpatient facilities and assure the public that patient safety is top priority in an accredited facility. More than 2,300 outpatient facilities are accredited by AAAASF, one of the largest not-for-profit accrediting organizations in the United States. Surgeons, legislators, state and national health agencies and patients acknowledge that AAAASF sets the "gold standard" for quality patient care. AAAASF programs include surgical, procedural, oral maxillofacial, international surgical and dental. Medicare has authorized AAAASF to accredit ambulatory surgery centers, rehabilitation and outpatient therapy agencies and rural health clinics. For more information, visit AAAASF.org or Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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