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Rural Health
Resources by State: Montana

Rural Unintentional Injuries: They’re Not Accidents – They’re Preventable
Examines the three leading causes of rural unintentional injuries: transportation injuries, poisonings, and falls. Discusses how rural areas compare to urban areas for these concerns, and identifies successful rural prevention strategies related to motor vehicle fatalities, non-drug poisonings, and falls.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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. The 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 Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Rural Youth Fight for Tobacco-Free Communities
Highlights teen-led programs to prevent tobacco use in rural Kentucky, Vermont, and Montana. Discusses the impact youth can have on local and state policy related to tobacco, and well as the effectiveness youth have in reaching their peers on this issue.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Pilot: Closing the Gaps in Rural Complex Care
Profiles Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, a nonprofit corporation working to connect rural residents of Montana's Flathead Valley with high quality care. Mountain-Pacific is part of a pilot program aimed at improving the health of high-need, rural patients through the use of technology and interdisciplinary care teams. Mountain-Pacific also received a $1 million innovation award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to support their use of ReSource Teams and help care for high-cost, high-need Medicare patients in the region.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Aging in Place in Small Urban and Rural Communities
Examines the current state of aging in place, including cost benefits of rural residents living independently and using home health services and public transportation, rather than relocating to assisted living facilities. Includes statistics on costs of various types of senior living situations in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Maine, New Mexico, and Montana, and aging in place cost savings forecasts for these states.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Del Peterson, Ted Rieck
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health: A Compendium of Case Studies
Presents insights from nine communities across the U.S. that have successful hospital-community partnerships. Each case study provides a description of the community, background information on the partner organizations, and an overview of the impacts and lessons learned. Several case studies include rural communities, rural populations, and/or rural partner organizations.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Research & Educational Trust
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Providing Patient-Centered Enhanced Discharge Planning and Rural Transition Support: Building a Rural Transitions Network Between Regional Referral and Critical Access Hospitals
Manual describing procedures used in Western Montana to develop a model improving likelihood of a good recovery for patients and decreasing chances of re-hospitalization. Includes a guide to ethical considerations in discharge and rural transition planning.
Author(s): Tom Seekins, Heidi Boehm, Jennifer Wong, Linda Yearous, AnnaJean Smith
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
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Regulating Network Adequacy for Rural Populations: Perspectives of Five States
Policy brief describing a study to explore how California, Kentucky, Montana, Texas, and Wisconsin define insurance network adequacy and how much consideration is given to rural issues in regulating their networks. Features statistics including these states' rural population, rural percent of total population, rural area in square miles, number of marketplace networks, and percent that are narrow networks.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Carrie Henning-Smith, Jean Abraham, Ira Moscovice
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Pathways to Locally Based Integrated Health Care
Presentation slides by Keith Mueller from the 15th Annual Western Region Flex Conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Includes a discussion of the growth of primary care in rural communities as a delivery system for integrated health care, allowing connection to services elsewhere. Provides information on Medicare Payment systems, ACOs in the Western region, public versus private policy trajectories, CAH value messages, and inpatient care alternatives.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Rural Health Literacy: Who's Delivering Health Information?
Describes the role that school nurses, newspapers, public libraries, churches, public health departments, and hub-and-spoke academic institutions can play in supporting health literacy and providing consumer health information. Features examples from several states.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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