Rural Nurse Organization

Recognition of the diversity of rural nursing practice. A voice for rural nurses to health care agencies, academia, and government. Continuing education and access to resources for rural nurses. Quality health care for rural communities.

Assisting Rural Providers in Understanding COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities

Understanding COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities for The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is sharing news that CMS has developed a new Rural Crosswalk resource to help rural providers understand how temporary COVID-19 regulatory flexibilities could help them combat the pandemic. Key goals of the flexibilities include:


  • Expanding the healthcare workforce by removing barriers for health professionals
  • Ensuring that local health systems and hospitals have the capabilities to handle a potential COVID-19 surge, including access to expansion sites
  • Increasing access to telehealth for Medicare providers and beneficiaries to help patients get the care they need at home
  • Expanding in-place testing to allow for more testing at home and within communities
  • Providing health systems temporary relief from paperwork, reporting, and audit requirements


The resource details how the flexibilities impact Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Acute Care Prospective Payment System Hospitals, and Medicare-certified Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Find additional rural health resources on the CMS OMH website.

Looking for additional information on COVID-19? Visit this CMS OMH webpage for COVID-19 Federal resources focusing on vulnerable populations: and From Coverage to Care (C2C) COVID-19 resources:


RNO is an organization dedicated to recognizing, promoting, and maintaining the unique specialty of rural nursing practice. We represent all types of rural health care providers from individual rural nurses to healthcare agencies, academia, and government programs. We offer two types of memberships: Individual Memberships and Institutional Memberships.


The Rural Nurse Organization is working hard for you. As members of a global community, we all have a responsibility to allow our voice to be heard. Rural nurses are often underpaid, and their environments are underfunded. RNO offers relief with scholarships for education, grants for rural nursing projects and research, networking between rural areas, and an international conference. This fundraiser will help create a 5 year plan to expand the reach of the RNO!! If you would like to help, donate today!

Due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the 2021 IRNC will not be held in Greeley, Colorado, July 26-29. Instead, the IRNC will be offered for the first time in a virtual format. The theme remains, YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW: INFLUENCING RURAL HEALTH CARE FOR GENERATIONS. As more information becomes available about the 2021 Virtual IRNC, we will share via our newsletter and our website. Stay tuned for more information about the 2021 Virtual IRNC! 'See' you there! Adrianne J Lane, EdD, RN, CNE (, International Rural Nursing Conference Planning Committee