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 view details
Medicaid Expansion and Section 1115 Waiver Demonstrations
Discusses provisions within Medicaid expansion and the
section 1115 demonstration waivers approved, up until March
2014, that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
should be aware of, including those in rural areas.
Date: 03/2014 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers view details
Supporting Iowa Rural Provider Capacity Through Community Care Coordination Teams
Overview of a collaborative effort between Medicaid and
safety net providers establishing a community care
coordination team pilot in Iowa in order to demonstrate
success for implementation in other states. Offers to build
provider capacity and improve quality of care in small and
Author(s): Mary Takach Date: 02/2014 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy view details
Where Do Patients with Cancer in Iowa Receive Radiation Therapy?
Describes the concerns affecting access to cancer treatment
in rural and urban areas in Iowa. Discusses travel times to reach radiation treatments based on 2004-2010 data from 103,603 patients.
Author(s): Marcia M. Ward, Fred Ullrich, Kevin Matthews, et al. Citation: Journal of Oncology Practice, 10(1), 20-25 Date: 01/2014 Type: Document view details
Two VA Studies Examine the Effects of Home-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening and Telephone Follow-Up in a Rural State
Discusses two studies that examine home-based colorectal cancer screening in rural veterans who might otherwise have to travel a long distance for screening. Reports that the screening could be incorporated into practices of small rural and remote clinics and into the proactive approaches being adopted by the VA patient-aligned care teams.
Author(s): Mary E. Charlton, Michelle A. Mengeling, Thorvardur R. Halfdanarson, et al. Date: 2014 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health view details