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Resources by Topic: Planning and strategy methods and resources

Building Complex Care Programs: A Road Map for States
Provides guidance for state leaders who are working to establish and advance complex care programs, particularly for high-need, high-cost Medicaid patients. Shares lessons learned from the National Governors Association's work with multiple state and local complex care initiatives. Includes program details and considerations specific to rural areas.
Author(s): Sandra Wilkniss, Sonia Pandit, Flora Arabo, Sally Malone, Hemi Tewarso
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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Making Connections: A Guide to Starting a Rural HIV Care Telemedicine Program
Overview of a program providing HIV care to rural Alabama that started as an in-person service in rural clinics and transitioned to a telemedicine program. Includes a 10 step road map for planning and implementing a telemedicine program. Covers considerations for program development including scheduling, service delivery, legal considerations, barriers and facilitators to planning, and technology. Free to download after registering name, organization, and email.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AIDS United
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Financial Distress and Closures of Rural Hospitals
Webinar recording presents an analysis of indicators of financial distress and the causes of closures of rural hospitals. Discusses realistic benchmarks rural hospitals should meet to maintain financial stability. Highlights data on rural hospitals currently at high risk of financial stress across the country.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 09/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Opioid Action Plan: Opioid Overdose Epidemic Response Report
Outlines the Arizona Department of Health Services' goals and recommendations for responding to the state's opioid-related public health emergency declaration. Intended to serve as an action plan and primary data source, containing information on the following topics: opioid legislation, federal barriers, public education, youth prevention, medical education curriculum, and more. Includes rural-specific information and recommendations.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Health Services
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Toolkit for Operating a Rural Transportation Voucher Program
Discusses elements needed for a transportation voucher program. Identifies key players, examines ways to develop partnerships, acquire funding, develop policies, and publicize programs. Includes appendices with statistics on sample programs in 10 states, policy guidelines, a sample workbook, and transportation resources.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
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Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability
Explains the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Patient Safety and Medical Liability (PSML) Initiative, and shares contributions and findings from the PSML planning and demonstration grant projects. Includes two commentaries and nine papers organized around two main themes: improving communication and improving patient safety. Rural-specific considerations discussed throughout.
Author(s): James Battles, Irim Azam, Mary Grady, Kathryn Reback
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Value-Based Strategic Planning Guide 2017: Rural Hospital Value-Based Strategy Summit
Customizable strategy resources to help small and rural hospital leaders develop, manage, measure, and implement their strategic plans. Templates focus on preparing rural hospitals to transition to value-based care and population health.
Additional links: Balanced Scorecard Template, Strategy Map Template
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Sample Network Balanced Scorecard Materials
Sample HIT network balanced scorecard improvement plan and strategy map for networks interested in incorporating the balanced scorecard methodology into their strategic plans.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Health Information Technology (HIT) Network Readiness Assessment
Self-assessment tool designed to help leaders identify organizational strengths and weaknesses, and determine a starting point for building a successful HIT network.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Recruitment and Retention Planning for Rural Health Networks and Members
Toolkit composed of four main components: a recruitment and retention plan guide, a recruitment and retention assessment, an assessment summary template, and an action plan template. Dynamic documents to help network leaders carry out the planning, preparation, follow-up, and follow-through phases of recruitment and retention efforts in rural healthcare facilities.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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