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Kalispell Regional Healthcare: Managing the Needs of Medically and Socially Complex Patients or Superutilizers
Details how Kalispell Regional Healthcare teamed with Mountain-Pacific Quality Health to introduce a modified transitional care model, which is designed to reduce service utilization and improve the health of high-cost, high-need patients. The initiative is part of a special innovations project through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and uses multidisciplinary "ReSource" teams to coordinate care and services across rural and underserved areas of Montana.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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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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Providing Patient-Centered Enhanced Discharge Planning and Rural Transition Support: Building a Rural Transitions Network Between Regional Referral and Critical Access Hospitals
Manual describing procedures used in Western Montana to develop a model improving likelihood of a good recovery for patients and decreasing chances of re-hospitalization. Includes a guide to ethical considerations in discharge and rural transition planning.
Author(s): Tom Seekins, Heidi Boehm, Jennifer Wong, Linda Yearous, AnnaJean Smith
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
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Regulating Network Adequacy for Rural Populations: Perspectives of Five States
Policy brief describing a study to explore how California, Kentucky, Montana, Texas, and Wisconsin define insurance network adequacy and how much consideration is given to rural issues in regulating their networks. Features statistics including these states' rural population, rural percent of total population, rural area in square miles, number of marketplace networks, and percent that are narrow networks.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Carrie Henning-Smith, Jean Abraham, Ira Moscovice
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Montana's Physician Workforce in 2016
Findings brief describing size, distribution, and education history of the physician workforce in Montana. Features statistics on various specialties with breakdowns by urban, overall rural, large rural, small rural, and isolated small rural areas.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Arati Dahal
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies, WWAMI Area Health Education Center Network
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The Montana Medicaid Program: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Report to the 2017 Legislature
Explains Medicaid eligibility, benefits, waivers, and tribal activities as they relate to Montana's non-expansion population. Also discusses claims processing, rate setting, cost containment measures, and expenditures. Includes Medicaid information specific to Montana's Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and other rural healthcare facilities.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Montana Healthcare Workforce: Statewide Strategic Plan
Provides guidance and outlines a healthcare workforce plan to address the unique needs of the state of Montana. Presents strategies in four main areas: engaging Montanans in understanding and addressing the state's healthcare workforce needs, educating and training the state's healthcare workforce to serve in frontier, rural, and underserved communities, recruiting health professionals to health professional shortage areas, and retaining a skilled healthcare workforce. Appendix includes numerous maps that allow comparison of health professions and sector trends at the county level.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Health Care Workforce Advisory Committee
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Montana
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Population Health Strategies of Critical Access Hospitals
Provides examples of population health strategies developed by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from 8 different rural communities that have significantly contributed to the improvement of population health and the health of their community.
Author(s): John Gale, Andrew Coburn, Karen Pearson, Zachariah Croll, George Shaler
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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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, and evaluates the possibility of addressing system deficiencies by implementing an integrated behavioral health model. Rural-specific benefits and challenges associated with system integration are discussed throughout.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Katie Loveland
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
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Montana Primary Care Needs Assessment
An overview of the primary healthcare system including oral and mental health in Montana with a focus on the factors affecting the delivery and utilization of services for American Indians and veterans, the comparison of health professional shortage areas with health outcomes, and the programs and partnerships working to reduce healthcare barriers. Offers recommendations to improve the primary healthcare workforce in the state.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Montana Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Consultation, October 20, 2015: Executive Order Establishing an Office of American Indian Health and the Use of State Appropriation for American Indian Youth Suicide Prevention
A report summarizing the results of a meeting with tribal council members, tribal health directors, urban Indian Health Center directors, and Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services regarding the development of a state Office of American Indian Health. Topics discussed include Indian health disparities, health concerns, and youth suicide in Indian country. Also provides recommendations regarding opportunities for the improvement of Indian health.
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
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Montana 2016 Suicide Mortality Review Team Report
Highlights the findings and recommendations of the Montana Suicide Mortality Review Team based on an analysis of 555 suicides in Montana. Provides suicide and related data by county for youth, American Indian and Veteran populations.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Travel Distance Study for Rural/Competitive Bid Area/Neither Rural nor CBA Census Tracts to Hospitals and Home Medical Equipment Suppliers: Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Measures rural populations' proximity to hospitals and home medical equipment (HME) suppliers in Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin in comparison with their urban counterparts.
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Northern Iowa Geoinformatics Training, Research, Education, and Extension (GeoTREE) Center
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Preventable Deaths in Montana: Unintentional Injury Deaths by County
Identifies and discusses the rate of premature death due to unintentional injury in Montana at the county level.
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Montana: Rural Institute
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Blackfeet Community College Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program - Overview and Preliminary Outcomes
An overview of the Issksiniip Project, a Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grant program that assists students at Blackfeet Community College and other Montana colleges. Includes a brief description of the health careers available to participating students, which include nursing, pharmacy, dental, medical coding and billing, and other allied health professions. Also discusses program structure and services and preliminary results of the program.
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Pharmacogenomics in Diverse Practice Settings: Implementation Beyond Major Metropolitan Areas
Describes the results of interviews with 17 healthcare providers regarding the implementation of pharmacologic testing in small metropolitan, rural, and tribal practices in Montana. Identifies barriers specific to each practice setting and includes participant characteristics, such as clinical role and practice setting.
Author(s): Elizabeth H. Dorfman, Susan Brown Trinidad, Chelsea T. Morales, et al.
Location: Pharmacogenomics, 16(3), 227-237
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Montana Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
Map of Montana with counties delineated displaying the location of primary care HPSAs. Also, identifies the location of correctional facilities, community health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Indian Health Service facilities, Native American Tribal populations, and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Montana Mental Health Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
Map of Montana with counties delineated displaying the location of mental health HPSAs. Also, identifies the location of correctional facilities, community health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Indian Health Service facilities, Native American Tribal populations, and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Montana Dental Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
Map of Montana with counties delineated displaying the location of dental HPSAs. Also, identifies the location of correctional facilities, community health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Indian Health Service facilities, Native American Tribal populations, and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Health Workforce Assessment: Tools for Policymakers and Planners
A primer on key rural health workforce assessment concepts, the use of workforce projections to examine policy scenarios, and data resources for the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Susan M. Skillman, et al.
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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What Is Rural in the WWAMI States? Why Definitions Matter?
Discusses the definitions of rural and the impacts of using the differing definitions in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Denise M. Lishner, Mark P. Doescher, Meredith A. Fordyce
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Building and Maintaining the Rural Health Workforce: Resources and Strategies
Provides examples of national and regional programs that support education, recruitment and retention of rural health care providers with a focus on Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, Denise M. Lishner, Susan M. Skillman, Mark P. Doescher
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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The Rural Health Workforce in the WWAMI States: By the Numbers
Provides data on the numbers of health care professionals in rural and metropolitan Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, Susan M. Skillman, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Denise M. Lishner, Mark P. Doescher
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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The Rural Health Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities
Describes the characteristics and the challenges of the rural health care workforce and the factors affecting delivery of health care in rural areas.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Denise M. Lishner, Mark P. Doescher
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Care Management for Medicaid Enrollees Through Community Health Teams
Presents data from a 2011–2012 review of state Medicaid medical home programs in eight states. Identifies community health team programs including FQHCs and RHCs that provide an array of services, including care coordination to self-management coaching. Includes small or rural practices.
Author(s): Mary Takach, Jason Buxbaum
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Health Insurance Coverage in Montana: The Rural Implications
Examines data on health insurance coverage in Montana to determine if there is a distinction between rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Jon Bailey
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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Rural Health Networks Prove There is Strength in Numbers
Discusses how quality is increasing measurably for hospitals enrolled in rural health networks in Michigan and Montana.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2011(Fall)
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Montana’s Rural Health Plan
A guide to shape further development of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program in Montana. Includes sections on health demographics of the state, healthcare workforce, quality of care, emergency medical services, health information technology, and networking among healthcare facilities.
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Nonprofit Networks Supply Travel Nurses to Rural Montana
Local travel nurses from two networks in eastern and western Montana can work for shorter time frames and go to more remote areas than most of their urban counterparts.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2010(Spring)
Date: 05/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Montana Primary Care Office Newsletter
Presents information on scholarships, state loan repayment programs, statistics, shortage designations, and J-1 Visa activities. Published quarterly.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Montana KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Montana Health Centers Research & Data
Provides maps of FQHC locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies Regional Information Center
Provides access to health workforce information for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Content is available by state and by profession.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Montana
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Montana QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Montana State Health Facts
Provides state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Last Updated: 12/8/2017