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Resources by Type: Tool

Financial Sustainability Workbook
Workbook offering insights and activities for collaboratives to use when considering diversifying funding in order to sustain healthcare delivery and health improvement efforts. Discusses identifying the financial resources in the local system, community approaches to financing innovation, and engaging and building relationships with payers to create new funding streams. Includes case examples of leveraging grant funds and innovations.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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COVID-19 County Workforce Deficit Estimator
Online tool showing county-level projected COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care unit (ICU) bed counts estimated to occur in the next 30 days, as well as estimated number of available critical care physicians in the county and the number available for each 12-hour shift. Intended to help state and federal planners ensure a sufficient heath workforce for COVID-19.
Additional links: Evidence Brief
Date: 05/2022
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity
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National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) Hospital Cost Tool
Interactive tool providing information on how much hospitals spend on patient care services, how costs relate to the hospital charges, and actual prices paid by health plans. Presents data on a range of measures for hospital revenue, costs, profitability, and break-even points for over 4,600 hospitals nationwide between 2011 and 2019. Includes the ability to view and compare hospital financial metrics at the hospital, state, and health system levels.
Additional links: Understanding Hospital Costs
Date: 04/2022
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Value-Based Care Assessment Tool
Online tool that assesses 80 different value-based care capacities in eight categories and creates a value-based care readiness report that can be used to support strategic planning. Tool is designed to be used by your healthcare organization's senior leadership team and takes roughly 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Antibiotic Stewardship Detailed Data Summarization Tool for State Flex Programs
Tool to help state Flex programs summarize and utilize the Core and Detailed Annual Facility Survey antibiotic stewardship data. Provides a core element summary and a question-by-question summary of Critical Access Hospital responses.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Reporting Portal
Data collection portal for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) that received funding through the RHC COVID-19 Testing Program. Allows RHCs to report information related to their testing activities as required in the terms and conditions of the program.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organizations: Health Resources and Services Administration, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Mental Health Systems Solutions Explorer
Interactive tool offering evidence-based solutions to increase mental healthcare utilization, increase access to care, and establish a continuum of care. Contains examples of each solution in practice. Solutions can be filtered to view those specifically of interest to rural communities.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Re-imagining Leadership: A Pathway for Rural Health to Thrive in a COVID-19 World
A COVID-19 emergency response playbook for rural healthcare delivery systems. Designed to build rural hospital and primary care leadership capacities around strategic thinking and local problem solving. Distills insights from rural hospital administrators, clinicians, and public health experts. Includes an assessment tool to help rural communities examine governance and leadership, community engagement, financial health, clinical care, and emergency preparedness and resilience.
Author(s): Lauren S. Hughes, Benjamin D. Anderson, Darlene B. Tad-y, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organizations: Colorado Hospital Association, Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center
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Recruitment and Retention Planning for Rural Health Networks and Members
Toolkit including a recruitment and retention plan guide, an assessment tool, templates, and plan samples. 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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Critical Access Hospital Financial Model
Excel-based modeling tool designed to help Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) anticipate and analyze the financial impacts of joining a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Date: 2017
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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