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 view details
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 view details
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 view details
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 view details
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.
Date: 08/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
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 view details
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.
Date: 06/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
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
Date: 04/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
Madison County Memorial Hospital: Making the Most of FOA
Documents Madison County Memorial Hospital's (MCMH) successes from participating in the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. Top accomplishments include improving relationships with the community and other providers, business office operations, leadership development, and transitions of care, as well as developing outpatient rehab services. MCMH is a 25-bed, nonprofit Critical Access Hospital located in Madison, Florida.
Date: 03/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
Russell County Hospital Aligning for Future Success
Details the improvements made by Russell County Hospital (RCH), a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Russell Springs, Kentucky, as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. Major accomplishments include expanding primary care and surgery services, developing a strategic plan, establishing and monitoring quality indicators, and optimizing participation in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. RCH is also working with the community and the media to promote their quality scores, which are consistently high.
Date: 02/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details