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Resources by Topic: Integrated service delivery

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 (RHCs). 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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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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Vermont Care Network Advocates for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Agencies - Video
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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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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Integrated Care in a Frontier Community
Examines the Southeast Health Group (SHG) in La Junta, Colorado, which coordinates physical and behavioral health using patient-centered, wellness-based care coordination to empower patients and promote self-directed care. Focuses on hiring providers who share SHG's philosophy of care, using community resources, and engaging peer support specialists.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Medicaid Payment and Delivery System Reform: Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Health Systems
An analysis of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on rural Medicaid programs across the U.S. Examines their acceptance of alternate payment models and their applications of delivery system reform. Provides policy recommendations supporting integrated and comprehensive primary care delivery and rural participation in value-based payment and delivery system reforms.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Charlie Alfero, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Integrated Behavioral Health In Montana: A Baseline Assessment of Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities
Presents results from a baseline assessment of Montana's behavioral health system of care. Evaluates the possibility of addressing system deficiencies by implementing an integrated behavioral health model. Describes rural-specific benefits and challenges associated with system integration.
Additional links: Issue Brief
Author(s): Katie Loveland
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
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A Guidebook of Professional Practices for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration: Observations from Exemplary Sites
Assists primary care and behavioral health practices in identifying professional practices that have developed a successful workforce model of integrated care. Several primary care organizations with effective integrated behavioral health and primary care participated in the study including 3 in rural areas.
Author(s): Deborah J. Cohen, Melinda M. Davis, Jennifer D. Hall, Emma C. Gilchrist, Benjamin F. Miller
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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The Future of Rural Behavioral Health
Policy paper discussing the unique challenges of providing behavioral healthcare services in rural areas. Includes policy recommendations and interventions related to workforce development, reimbursement and financing, integration of care, and the use of technology in delivering behavioral healthcare.
Author(s): Will Wilson, Angela Bangs, Tammy Hatting
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Providing Whole-Person Care: Integrating Behavioral Health Into Primary Care
Discusses how a patient-centered medical home in rural North Carolina is integrating primary care with mental health treatment to meet the core health needs of patients, while recognizing the need for making referrals to specialty care for more severe mental illness. Also discusses the benefits of telebehavioral health.
Author(s): Jan Sweet Freeman
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 1(76), 24-28
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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