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Resources by Topic: Governance of healthcare organizations

Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program: Best Practice Concepts in Revenue Cycle Management Guide
Offers rural hospital executives and management teams best practice concepts in revenue cycle management by assisting them in identifying performance improvement within their hospitals and departments. Provides State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) directors and Flex Program coordinators a better understanding of the revenue cycle best practices to help them design educational training programs to support rural hospital administrators with performance improvement.
Author(s): BKD CPAs & Advisors
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Interface of Policy Dynamics and Transforming Rural Health Care Services
Slides presented at the 2019 Western Region Flex Conference discussing the effect of public policy transformation on rural healthcare. Identifies policy initiatives and responses taken by healthcare organizations and management. Highlights new models of approaches, collaborations, and partnerships to sustain programs and services.
Author(s): Keith Mueller
Date: 06/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Rural Physician Recruitment: Results from the 2019 Rural Physician and Administration Survey
White paper examining the results of a survey of 150 physicians and 105 rural health system administrators. Explores top reasons for choosing a rural practice location, incentives with the greatest influence, and reasons for declining offers. Includes suggestions for more successful rural recruitment and retention.
Author(s): Tony Stajduhar
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Jackson Physician Search
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Toward a High Performing Rural Health Care System: Key Issues and Recommendations from Rural Health Care System Innovators
Summarizes key themes and recommendations from a meeting of rural health leaders regarding innovations in rural healthcare financing and service delivery to inform state and national policy discussions. Offers recommendations, examples, and discussion on these 3 areas: financing rural health system innovation, creating an infrastructure to support rural health innovation, and promoting governance models that support innovation.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Charlie Alfero, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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High Risk: Progress Made but Continued Attention Needed to Address Management Weaknesses at Federal Agencies Serving Indian Tribes
Identifies progress made and areas that still need to be addressed to remove the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and Indian Health Service (IHS) from the Government Accountability Office's list of high risk federal programs. Addresses leadership commitment, demonstrated progress, action plans, monitoring, and capacity. Appendix III lists open recommendations for IHS.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Rural Hospital Mergers from 2005 through 2016
Examines the number of mergers of rural hospitals across the U.S. from 2005-2016. Looks at the effect of mergers and acquisitions on rural healthcare.
Author(s): Dunc Williams Jr., Sharita R. Thomas, Hilda A. Howard, George H. Pink
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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What Are Rural Health Leaders Asking about Value-Based Care and Payment?
Brief highlights a survey of 60 rural healthcare leaders on value-based care and payment priorities. Details the survey questions, results, and the number of priorities ranked in top five by the participants.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Tribal Nursing Homes: Communicating with Your Governing Board
Presents methods for tribal nursing home administrators to effectively communicate with their governing boards. Features examples from several tribes of the southern and western U.S., as well as several resources and toolkits that further explore effective modes of communication for long-term care facility governance.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Quality of Care
Reports results from a performance audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from March 2016 through January 2017, examining IHS's oversight of quality of care in its federally operated facilities. Draws conclusions based on a review of policies related to quality of care, interviews with IHS officials at the headquarters and area offices, and examination of documents from governance meetings. Makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on actions that can be taken to help ensure quality care is provided in federally operated IHS facilities. Appendices include the responding comments from HHS and provide additional information about leadership turnover at IHS offices and facilities.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Governance
A discussion about the need for collaboration between healthcare facilities and their communities, including ideas for new approaches to governance to help make these transitions happen. Provides examples of hospital/health system collaborations and population health programs from throughout the U.S.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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