State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative Evaluation: Model Design and Model Pre-Test Evaluation Report
Reports on the experiences of 19 states that received federal support to work on state health care innovation plans focused on developing innovative healthcare delivery and payment models. Discusses rural concerns in these states, as well as strategies to address rural healthcare needs. Some topics addressed include patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, workforce, broadband access, electronic health record adoption, and telehealth.
Date: 07/2014 Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, RTI International view details
Affordable Care Act Plans and Premiums in Rural America
Discusses insurance premium pricing for rural populations following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, with a focus on rating area design to create adequate networks. Examines preliminary findings from a study focused on premium prices in rural Iowa and Nebraska. Offers recommendations to maximize the number of rural Americans who receive accessible, affordable health insurance.
Date: 07/2014 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services view details
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
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