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Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Healthcare quality

In addition to RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations rural program examples, you may also want to browse other case studies, databases, and websites with collections of health programs.

Each resource listed below uses its own criteria for selecting program examples, which may range from programs known to be effective based on research to anecdotal accounts. In each resource, you may want to review information on the level of evidence required for a program's inclusion.

May include non-rural programs that could be applicable to rural health delivery.

Affiliation Partners Sought to Prepare Small Hospital for Value-Based Care
Details how Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in Grinnell, Iowa, followed a robust due diligence process to identify affiliation partners and prepare for participation in risk-based reimbursement models. GRMC is a 49-bed private, non-profit medical center that serves 6 rural counties in Iowa.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Case Study: High-Tech OB Simulation Training Educates OB Teams, Improves Quality of Rural Health Care
Reports on a pilot obstetrics simulation training program intended to help rural family physicians and obstetric care teams recognize and react to complications related to pregnancy, initially focusing on hemorrhaging. Identifies planned quality improvement measures resulting from the training and includes program contact information. Program targeted 12 rural hospitals in Nebraska.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, Heartland Health Alliance
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Kalispell Regional Healthcare: Managing the Needs of Medically and Socially Complex Patients or Superutilizers
Details how Kalispell Regional Healthcare teamed with Mountain-Pacific Quality Health to introduce a modified transitional care model, which is designed to reduce service utilization and improve the health of high-cost, high-need patients. Initiative is part of a special innovations project through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and uses multidisciplinary "ReSource" teams to coordinate care and services across rural and underserved areas of Montana.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Rural Health Services
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Medical-Legal Partnership Addresses Social Determinants of Health
Explores how FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, nonprofit healthcare network based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, reduced emergency department utilization and hospital readmission rates systemwide through the use of transitional care clinics (TCCs) and medical-legal partnerships (MLPs). Highlights how addressing non-medical factors can affect health outcomes.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Coteau des Prairies Keeping Services Close to Home
Follows South Dakota-based Coteau des Prairies Health System's (CDP) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. CDP completed a financial operational assessment (FOA) with the goal of positioning the hospital for future financial success. Primary areas of improvement include revenue cycle management, HCAHPS scores, executive communication, and swing bed utilization.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network
Describes the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Quality Network through an interview with Senior Project Coordinator, Jody Ward, and Associate Director, Lynette Dickson, from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Center for Rural Health. The North Dakota CAH Quality Network serves as a voluntary platform for facilitating best practices and quality improvement initiatives across all of North Dakota's 36 CAHs. Focuses on the North Dakota CAH Quality Network's characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Magnolia Regional Medical Center Excels as a Hospital in Transition
Documents Magnolia Regional Medical Center's (MRMC) top accomplishments after participating in the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project and completing a financial operational assessment (FOA). Major areas of improvement include net income, net patient revenue, days cash on hand, swing bed utilization, and overall quality ratings.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: Southeast Texas Health System
Provides an overview of the Southeast Texas Health System (SETHS), a nonprofit health collaborative network that specializes in managed care contracting for rural providers. Presents an interview with its executive director, Tara Dilley, covering SETHS' network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and ongoing challenges.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Medical Center Barbour Reduces Readmission Rates
Highlights the accomplishments of Medical Center Barbour (MCB), a prospective payment system (PPS) hospital located in Eufaula, Alabama, as it progressed through a Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) quality of care and transition of care project. MCB's top accomplishments include reducing readmissions, improving communication among staff and patients, and enhancing the discharge process.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Monroe County Hospital Achieving Outcomes
Examines the gains made by Monroe County Hospital, located in Monroeville, Alabama, as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition project. During the project, the 35-bed prospective payment system (PPS) hospital focused on improving patient education and transitions of care, integrating pharmacists, implementing bedside reporting, and reducing readmission rates. The changes have resulted in improved community engagement and prepared MCH for value-based purchasing.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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