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Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States
Shares strategies that states can use to reform their long-term services and supports (LTSS) framework, focusing on improving LTSS in two key areas: rebalancing LTSS to increase the proportion of LTSS provided in community-based settings, and integrating LTSS with physical and behavioral health services through managed care. Uses case studies to provide real-life examples of each strategy, and discusses rural-specific considerations throughout.
Author(s): Stephanie Anthony, Arielle Traub, Sarah Lewis, et al.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Network Spotlight: Wright Health Partners
Describes the network characteristics, key learnings, challenges, and accomplishments of Clarion, Iowa-based Wright Health Partners, a rural healthcare consortium that works to address health issues in the area. Originally started as an agreement between two Critical Access Hospitals, Wright Health Partners has grown to include schools, an ambulance service, an orthopedic practice, and other partners. Members of Wright Health Partners share an electronic medical record (EMR) system, technical assistance resources, and program funding.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Catalyzing Medicaid-Public Health Collaboration to Reduce Childhood Obesity
Explains cross-sector interventions tested by five states - Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas - participating in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Innovations in Childhood Obesity Initiative. Each state profile highlights how Medicaid and public health agencies are using innovative approaches to address childhood obesity in their high-risk communities. The Texas initiative focuses on childhood obesity in the rural, low-income population along the U.S./Mexico border.
Author(s): Alexandra Maul, Stephen A. Somers
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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State Flex Program Rural Emergency Medical Services Assessment Strategies
Policy brief describing the emergency medical service (EMS) assessment projects and tools implemented by five State Flex Programs in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin to improve the integration of EMS into rural systems of care. Identifies differences in EMS focused State Flex activities and collaborations to improve local and regional EMS capacity and performance.
Author(s): Karen Pearson, John Gale, Sara Kahn-Troster, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Staff Sharing Arrangements for Local Public Health
Describes several case studies of local public health organizations' arrangements for sharing health directors, physicians, nurses, inspectors, social workers, or administration staff. Includes descriptions of such arrangements in public health agencies in rural areas of Webster County, Iowa and in three adjacent northwestern Oregon counties with a mixture of urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Author(s): Gerald Young, Joshua Franzel
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Sharing Public Health Services, Center for State & Local Government Excellence
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Network Spotlight: Illinois Telehealth Network
Describes the characteristics, key learnings, and accomplishments of the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) through an interview with key ITN personnel. ITN is a 26-member consortium of rural health entities, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), working to improve access to care in rural, underserved communities through the expanded application of telehealth and telemedicine solutions.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Pilot: Closing the Gaps in Rural Complex Care
Profiles Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, a nonprofit corporation working to connect rural residents of Montana's Flathead Valley with high quality care. Mountain-Pacific is part of a pilot program aimed at improving the health of high-need, rural patients through the use of technology and interdisciplinary care teams. Mountain-Pacific also received a $1 million innovation award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to support their use of ReSource Teams and help care for high-cost, high-need Medicare patients in the region.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Network Spotlight: Arizona Rural Women's Health Network
Shares the characteristics, key learnings, accomplishments, and challenges faced by the Arizona Rural Women's Health Network (AzRWHN) through an interview with network director, Leah Meyers. AzRWHN works to build network partners' capacity and promote activities that improve the health of women in Arizona.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Coordinated Whole-Person Care that Addresses Social Determinants of Health
Presents approaches used and lessons learned from five projects funded by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) - an initiative to align various health-related sectors and promote the collection, sharing, and effective use of data. Each DASH project is working to develop the infrastructure necessary to support cross-sector data sharing, enhance care coordination, and address social determinants of health. One of the five projects is based on the White Earth Indian Reservation in rural northwest Minnesota.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Data Across Sectors for Health
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Rural Innovation Profile: Medical-Legal Partnership Addresses Social Determinants of Health
Explores how FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, nonprofit healthcare network based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, reduced emergency department utilization and hospital readmission rates systemwide through the use of transitional care clinics (TCCs) and medical-legal partnerships (MLPs).
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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