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Resources by Topic: Integrated service delivery

Integrating Primary & Behavioral Healthcare for Older Adults in Rural Communities
Describes the importance of integrated care for older adults in rural areas, and highlights sample programs in rural Pennsylvania and western Illinois.
Author(s): Sara Afayee
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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In Focus: Expanding Access to Addiction Treatment Through Primary Care
Discusses the lack of access to treatment for drug addiction and presents models for implementing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for addiction, including one in a rural community health center. Looks at barriers to expanding MAT in primary care, as well as methods for overcoming those barriers.
Author(s): Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein
Location: Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Tackling the Opioid Crisis in a Rural Community
Discusses a partnership between a rural hospital physician and the director of a community counseling center to establish a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction in rural Maine. Presents the program's support structure, as well as the advantages of having an integrated treatment approach.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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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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MORE Care: Narrowing the Rural Interprofessional Oral Health Care Gap
Presents an integrated healthcare model that connects oral health to primary care Rural Health Clinics (RHC). Discusses challenges and strategies in implementing oral health interprofessional practice (IPP), such as developing dental referral networks and ensuring access to health information technology, among others. Details the collaboration between the State Offices of Rural Health in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Colorado with the DentaQuest Institute and the Medical University of South Carolina.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Sean G. Boynes, Lisa Davis, Graham Adams, Michelle Mills, Mark Deutchman
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: DentaQuest Institute
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Access to Mental Health Services for Children in Rural Areas
Policy brief identifying strategies to help rural children with mental, behavioral, or development disorders (MBDDs) access behavioral health services. Discusses the potential of telehealth, integration of behavioral health and primary care, and school-based health centers to address this need.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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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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Vermont Care Network Advocates for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Agencies
Video featuring the Vermont Care Network, which supports 16 nonprofit agencies that provide behavioral health and developmental disability services to Vermont residents.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices
Presents examples of the best practices in rural oral healthcare across the country. Looks at programs in 10 different states, including program purpose, summary, effectiveness, and funding source.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
Highlights ways substance use disorder treatment in rural and urban areas can be aligned with primary care, and provides recommendations and examples of how individuals, organizations, and communities can work together to reduce and prevent substance misuse.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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