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Rural Project Examples: Healthcare networks

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy The Community Care Alliance
Updated/reviewed November 2017
  • Need: Rural healthcare networks in Colorado and Washington felt the urgency to help their communities improve population health with better care at lower cost.
  • Intervention: The Community Care Alliance was formed to specifically serve Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), employer groups, and other patient populations. Benefits for participants include quality improvement and practice transformation activities, comprehensive care coordination, outcomes measurement with quality reporting and data extraction, and analytics.
  • Results: A total of 43 organizational members have received educational, networking, and technical assistance by being a part of the Alliance. Over 22,000 Medicare beneficiaries have been introduced to care coordination, leading to a decrease in emergency room visits, an increase in overall health, and lower medical costs.
Credentialing Verification Service through Partners in Health Network
Updated/reviewed August 2017
  • Need: Streamlined credentialing process for providers working in central and southern West Virginia‚Äôs multiple rural healthcare facilities.
  • Intervention: Creation of a shared, specialized network using a standardized approach to credentialing healthcare providers.
  • Results: A streamlined, centralized approach to the multi-step credentialing process eliminated duplicative services and increased credentialing efficiencies for staff.
ICAHN External Peer Review Network
Updated/reviewed August 2017
  • Need: Critical access hospitals (CAHs) in rural Illinois required an external mechanism for peer review.
  • Intervention: Using physicians from network member hospitals, a CAH network implemented a peer review process.
  • Results: Staff peer reviews also improved healthcare quality within the CAH network.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network (InSRHN)
Updated/reviewed July 2017
  • Need: To improve sustainability and financial viability for rural healthcare providers throughout Indiana.
  • Intervention: A network of rural healthcare providers for Critical Access and other hospitals in Indiana who are dedicated to improving their ability to deliver efficient and high-quality healthcare for their rural residents.
  • Results: The network has been leveraged to increase access to resources, coordinate services, and improve and expand healthcare access.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Prince of Wales Health Network
Updated/reviewed July 2017
  • Need: To increase collaboration between healthcare facilities and other organizations on a rural Alaska island in order to provide better access to and quality of healthcare.
  • Intervention: A health network focused on collaboration in order to best meet healthcare needs of island residents.
  • Results: Increased collaboration and cooperation among healthcare facilities and other organizations, leading to enhanced healthcare services for island residents while eliminating unneeded duplication of services and filling in service gaps.
Stratus Healthcare Network
Updated/reviewed July 2017
  • Need: Rural Georgia hospitals experiencing the crush of expenses in addition to limited investment capital for resources.
  • Intervention: Hospitals, health care systems, and physicians came together to create an alliance of healthcare providers that focused on value-based healthcare delivery, rather than fee-for-service care, with the goal of developing a clinically integrated network.
  • Results: Now sharing resources and best practices, Stratus Network members are working to reduce excessive or duplicate services, reduce costs of services, and show performance improvements.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Upper Peninsula Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
Updated/reviewed July 2017
  • Need: Healthcare entities in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan were using different formularies, missing opportunities for group purchasing power and consistent care.
  • Intervention: The Upper Peninsula Health Plan and the Upper Peninsula Health Care Network developed a regional partnership for managing prescription costs and quality pharmaceuticals in rural, upper Michigan.
  • Results: More informed pharmaceutical decisions and lowered pharmaceutical costs for Upper Peninsula Health Plan member organizations.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy E-RHIT Network
Updated/reviewed June 2017
  • Need: To provide rural Louisiana ambulance services with the necessary resources to establish electronic patient care reports and participation in both the state trauma registry and the state health information exchange.
  • Intervention: A network was established providing equipment, software, training, data collection, data analysis, and support.
  • Results: EMS Electronic Patient Care Reporting (ePCR) has been implemented, allowing members to participate in the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE), and to provide data to the statewide trauma registry.
Leadership Development Program
Updated/reviewed June 2017
  • Need: Reasonably-priced leadership education was needed for professional development of healthcare organization managers in southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming.
  • Intervention: Creation of a health network providing leadership training opportunities for member hospitals.
  • Results: Increased leadership and managerial quality, and decreased professional development costs for rural hospitals of southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming.
Savvik Buying Group (Formerly North Central EMS Cooperative (NCEMSC)
Updated/reviewed June 2017
  • Need: Due to its reduced Medicare ambulance service reimbursement, the 1997 Balanced Budget Act threatened to put many rural volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) providers out of business across the country.
  • Intervention: Savvik (formerly North Central EMS Cooperative, or NCEMSC) created a mechanism for EMS providers to achieve cost reduction through group purchasing.
  • Results: The program brings discounts on EMS supplies to over 6,300 members across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.