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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 September 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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RS3--The Montana Rural Surgery Support System--Is a Model for Surgical Care in Rural CAHs
Features a clinically integrated surgery network model, designed to help rural surgeons provide complex surgical care with limited resources. Described as being easy to reproduce and applicable to almost all surgical subspecialties.
Author(s): David Sheldon
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 102(10), 61-63
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
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Network Spotlight: Southeast Texas Health System
Provides an overview of the Southeast Texas Health System (SETHS), a nonprofit health collaborative network that specializes in managed care contracting for rural providers. Presents an interview with its executive director, Tara Dilley, covering SETHS' network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and ongoing challenges.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: Rural Health Network of Oklahoma
Describes the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma (RHNOK) through an interview with the program's Executive Director, Stacie Pace, and Chief Information Officer, Josh Braziel. Focuses on RHNOK's characteristics, key lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges as it works to improve the healthcare system and overall health of rural Oklahoma.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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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
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 376(14), 1304-1305
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
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Promising Practice: GA SORH Looks at the Feasibility of EMS Regionalization in the State
Reports on a study undertaken by the Georgia State Office of Rural Health (GA-SORH) and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) to determine if regionalization of emergency medical services (EMS) among counties was feasible as a way to fill the gaps left from the closure of several rural hospitals in the state.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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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
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Hub-and-Spoke Organization Design Revisited: A Lifeline for Rural Hospitals
Provides an overview of the hub-and-spoke organization design and how Willis-Knighton Health System in Louisiana used it to partner with rural hospitals in their region. Discusses the model's outcomes and implications for rural hospitals.
Author(s): James K. Elrod, John L. Fortenberry, Jr.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 17(Suppl 4), 795
Date: 2017
Type: Document
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Governance
Discusses 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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Network Board Development Guide
Designed to assist rural health networks in their efforts to establish, maintain, and improve the effectiveness of their board of directors. Offers suggestions in the areas of improving governance, member recruitment, meeting management, ethics, and legal requirements.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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