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Resources by Topic: Healthcare networks

Telehealth: An Opportunity for State and Territorial Health Agencies to Improve Access to Needed Health Services
Reports results from a 2019 telehealth capacity survey of state and territorial health agencies. Identifies strategies these agencies can take to advance state use of telehealth related to infrastructure, collaboration, and policy.
Author(s): Alexandra Kearly, Janet Oputa, Paris Harper-Hardy
Citation: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 26(1), 86-90
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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Access, Quality, and Financial Performance of Rural Hospitals Following Health System Affiliation
Examines the impact of health system affiliation on rural hospitals' quality and financial performance, as well as patients' access to care. Compares rural hospitals affiliated with a health system between 2008-2017 with those that did not affiliate with a health system.
Author(s): Claire E. O'Hanlon, Ashley M. Kranz, Maria DeYoreo, Ammarah Mahmud, Cheryl L. Damberg, Justin W. Timbie
Citation: Health Affairs, 38(12), 2095-2104
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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Rural Care Coordination and Population Health Management Summit: Summit Findings
Provides guidance to rural hospitals, clinics, and healthcare networks on incorporating community care coordination planning to prepare for population health management. Identifies tools and resources to support the transition to value-based payment models. Summarizes findings from a series of summits with national experts.
Author(s): Rebecca Jolley
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Rural Health Association of Tennessee
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A Guide for Rural Health Care Collaboration and Coordination
Describes how rural hospitals, community health centers, local public health departments, and other organizations can work together to identify health needs in their community and develop partnerships and strategies to help address these needs. Identifies areas of collaboration and coordination. Includes networking and collaboration case studies in rural Missouri and North Dakota. Provides a template and discussion questions for developing partnerships.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Community Care Alliance, a Western Health Care Alliance Company
Interviews leaders of a health network in rural Colorado that is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) regarding their network organization, accomplishments, challenges, and best practices. Addresses data analytics and financial measures for evaluating network progress and impact.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Fostering Resiliency in Your Workplace
Webinar recording and related materials addressing workforce burnout during healthcare transformation with a focus on rural health networks. Addresses causes of burnout, tools for encouraging positive psychology and resiliency, organizational culture, and workflow to help improve retention and productivity.
Additional links: Podcast, Presentation Slides
Date: 07/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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An Introduction to RHI's Network Sustainability Toolkit: History and Background
Provides an audio recording of a presentation on the history and background of the Network Sustainability Toolkit. Covers the goals for the toolkit, what it includes, and the research process behind the creation of the toolkit. Summarizes the characteristics of a sustainable rural health network.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Supporting Rural Health: Practical Solutions for State Policymakers
Reports on 3 regional meetings of state health policy leaders and national experts regarding top rural health concerns and successful models for addressing them. Highlights lessons for policymakers from rural health initiatives focused on community health, strategies for expanding rural health workforce capacity, and examples of states working with research centers to develop evidence-based policies. Includes models from several states for each area discussed.
Author(s): Emily Whelan Parento
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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Evaluating Breast Cancer Care Coordination at a Rural National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center Using Network Analysis and Geospatial Methods
Examines geographic access data for breast cancer patients served by a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in New England. Discusses cancer care coordination, physician networks, and care network density (the amount of patient sharing among providers in a care network) to evaluate healthcare quality and outcomes.
Author(s): Erika L. Moen, Nirav S. Kapadia, A. James O'Malley, Tracy Onega
Citation: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 28(3), 455-461
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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Rural Mental Health Network: Expanding and Strengthening Care Coordination
Highlights the Rural Mental Health Network in Missouri through an interview with its director. Addresses the network's focus on care coordination for social determinants of health needs, challenges, accomplishments, the role of Community Health Workers (CHWs), lessons learned, and more.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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