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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: May 19, 2023 04:44 PM
From: Representative Dan Frankel
To: All House members
Subject: Updates to the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center Authority (RHRCA) Act
In the near future, I’ll be introducing legislation to address needed changes to the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center Authority (RHRCA) Act.
The Rural Health Redesign Center Authority was created to stabilize and buttress rural hospitals. Hospitals in the PA Rural Health Model receive a global budget to help them plan and focus on the provision of high value services to benefit the health of their communities.
The authority has proven a definitive success meeting those goals. Of the 18 hospitals in the program, all have improved financial stability and reduced unnecessary hospitalizations. Perhaps most importantly, none of the hospitals participating in the PA Rural Health Model have closed.
Proposed changes to the authority include addressing financing issues related to the ongoing work of the authority and changing terms of board membership to allow greater continuity of service. The goal is to advance the great work of the Rural Health Redesign Center Authority so it may continue to support existing hospital members, as well as other interested Pennsylvania hospitals in the future.
This legislation is intended as a companion bill to one proposed by Senator Brooks and Senator Baker in the Senate.
Current RHRCA Partner hospitals include: Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Barnes-Kasson County Hospital, Butler Health System - Clarion Hospital, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber, Endless Mountains Health Systems, Fulton County Medical Center, Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, Highlands Hospital, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Meadville Medical Center, Monongahela Valley Hospital, Olean General Hospital - Bradford Regional Medical Center, Punxsutawney Area Hospital, Penn Highlands Tyrone Hospital, UPMC Kane Hospital, Washington Health System Greene, Washington Hospital, and Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Please join me cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1351