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Resources by Topic: Healthcare networks

Meadville Medical Center: Care Coordination for Adults and Children
Describes the Meadville Medical Center Community Care Network (CCN), an interdisciplinary team of clinicians who focus on using care coordination to help patients manage chronic conditions and achieve their health and wellness goals. CCN's goal is to engage patients and encourage them to take ownership of their health, thereby reducing hospital readmissions, conserving resources, and improving the health of the population.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Response to Commentary: Partnered Research to Improve Health of Rural Veterans
Describes how VA-funded Centers of Innovation (COINs) develop strategies optimizing care for veterans in rural areas. Focuses on programs in Salt Lake City, Utah; West Haven, Connecticut; and North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Author(s): Teresa Hudson
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Health Information Technology (HIT) Network Readiness Assessment
Self-assessment tool designed to help leaders identify organizational strengths and weaknesses, and determine a starting point for building a successful HIT network.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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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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Improving Access to High Quality Sepsis Care in a South Dakota Emergency Telemedicine Network
Research and policy brief exploring whether emergency department-based telemedicine networks using real-time access to sepsis experts can improve outcomes and decrease variation in care. Discusses a pilot program for Critical Access Hospitals in South Dakota-based Avera Health's 140-hospital network in 12 states. Includes statistics for patients with positive sepsis screens from Sept. 2016 to March 2017.
Author(s): Nicholas M. Mohr, Brian Skow, Amy Wittrock, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Telehealth Research Center
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Rural Health Networks and Coalitions Rural Health Chat
Summary of a May 2017 Twitter chat focused on rural health networks and coalitions. Documents a conversation among rural health network experts addressing a range of topics, including types of networks and the roles they fill for members, benefits, challenges, sustainability, and resources.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Maternal Health Compact
Examines the ways telehealth can be used to improve obstetrical care in small and rural hospitals. Approaches such as Maternal Health Compacts emphasize collaboration, either directly or through telehealth, between tertiary care facilities and lower-resource hospitals. Utilizing the Maternal Health Compact model helps lower-resource hospitals prepare for complicated cases, improve outcomes for high-risk patients, and facilitate transport when necessary.
Author(s): Susan Mann, Kimberlee McKay, Haywood Brown
Location: New England Journal of Medicine, 376(14), 1304-1305
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
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Vermont Care Network Advocates for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Agencies
Highlights the work of the Vermont Care Network, which supports 16 non-profit agencies that provide behavioral health and developmental disability services in the state. Discusses cross-sector collaboration and integration of mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services with primary care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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.
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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The Role of Networks in the Transition toward Value-Based Payment and Population Health Models
Webinar recording discussing how rural healthcare networks can serve as links between providers and community members to improve overall health. Includes a discussion of payment reform (MACRA, ACOs) and strategies for creating a successful care system and healthier people.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Webinar Recording
Author(s): Terry Hill
Date: 09/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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