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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.

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
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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
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Network Spotlight: Community Care Alliance
Describes key aspects of the Grand Junction, Colorado based Community Care Alliance (CCA) through an interview with CCA's Director of Operations and Vice President of Outreach and Communications for CCA's parent organization, the Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA). CCA's primary function is to help member organizations prepare for healthcare transformation, particularly in the areas of Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: North Coast Clinics Network
Highlights the Eureka, California-based North Coast Clinics Network (NCCN), which works to improve efficiency and quality of care across its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) members. Covers NCCN's characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and the challenges they faced.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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North Sunflower Medical Center Successfully Addressing Chronic Care Management
Documents North Sunflower Medical Center's (NSMC) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project, particularly in the areas of discharge planning and follow-up, placing patients in the correct level of care, and chronic disease management. NSMC is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Ruleville, Mississippi.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital Successfully Impacts Project Outcomes
Highlights the progress of Kentucky's Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital as they worked through the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project in 2015. By participating in the SRHT project, Marcum & Wallace was able to make significant improvements to emergency department operations, swing bed services, 340B usage, and more.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Pender Community Hospital Surpassing Project Goals
Explains how Pender Community Hospital (PCH), a 21-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in Pender, Nebraska, improved its financial and operational performance through the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project. Focuses discussion on relocating the clinic, enhancing retail pharmacy and swing bed services, increasing marketing efforts, and restructuring therapy programs.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Chicot Memorial Medical Center Utilizes SRHT Project to Prepare for the Future
Highlights the successes and lessons learned from a Financial Operational Assessment (FOA) performed by Chicot Memorial Medical Center (CMMC), a Critical Access Hospital, in Lake Village, Arkansas. The FOA was completed as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Spotlight on Cibola General Hospital
Highlights Cibola General Hospital (CGH), a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital located in Grants, New Mexico. Examines the progress CGH has made working to improve quality of care and transitions of care as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Hospital System Transformation
Discusses how Mercy Health Network, a group of 28 hospitals in rural Iowa, improved system-wide performance by implementing a Lean methodology. Focuses on learning from outside the healthcare industry, identifying the appropriate leaders, and utilizing innovative approaches to do more with less.
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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