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Montana Primary Care, Dental Care, and Mental Health Care Health Professional Shortage Areas
Maps of Montana showing county-level information of Primary, Dental, and Mental Health Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Also, identifies the location of correctional facilities, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Indian Health Service facilities, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and Native American Reservations.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Network Spotlight: Montana Health Network
Highlights an interview with Chris Hopkins, VP of Strategy and Business Development with Montana Health Network. Provides a description of the Montana Health Network, member benefits, and challenges encountered when working on rural healthcare. Covers advantages of working in rural areas and insights gained through the development of the network.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Child Welfare Practice
Issue brief emphasizing the importance of understanding needs and concerns of rural children and families, including healthcare and social services. Examines factors linked to child maltreatment, such as poverty, violence, and substance use, and features descriptions of successful programs designed to promote child welfare in rural areas of Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, and Colorado, and Appalachian Ohio and Kentucky.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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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. 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 part of a pilot program aimed at improving the health of rural patients through the use of technology and interdisciplinary care teams working together in Montana's Flathead Valley. Describes 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
Details manual procedures used in Western Montana to develop a model to improve the 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: University of Montana: Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
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Regulating Network Adequacy for Rural Populations: Perspectives of Five States
Policy brief describing a study exploring 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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RS3--The Montana Rural Surgery Support System--Is a Model for Surgical Care in Rural CAHs
Features a clinically integrated surgery network model, designed to help rural surgeons provide complex surgical care with limited resources. Described as being easy to reproduce and applicable to almost all surgical subspecialties.
Author(s): David Sheldon
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 102(10), 61-63
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
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Montana's Physician Workforce in 2016
Findings brief describing the size, distribution, and education history of Montana's physician workforce. 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. 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. 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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Montana 2016 Suicide Mortality Review Team Report
Highlights findings and recommendations from 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 premature deaths statistics due to unintentional injury in Montana at the county level.
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Montana: Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
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Overview of Alternative Schools and Education Programs
Analyzes data from 28 alternative education programs, including 16 programs located in rural Montana communities. The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) defines an alternative education program as a restructured academic program operating within an accredited public school to serve at-risk students. Provides information on student characteristics and alternative school services. Covers three local model programs that work to address the behavioral and mental health, substance abuse treatment, and counseling needs of students.
Additional links: Health Brief
Author(s): Katie Loveland, Aaron Wernham
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
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Blackfeet Community College Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program - Overview and Preliminary Outcomes
Provides an overview of the Issksiniip Project, a Tribal Health Profession Opportunity grant program to assist 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. 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.
Citation: Pharmacogenomics, 16(3), 227-237
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Health Workforce Assessment: Tools for Policymakers and Planners
Provides information and statistics on the rural healthcare workforce, rural healthcare assessments, and other factors affecting the delivery of healthcare in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Denise M. Lishner, Mark P. Doescher, C. Holly A. Andrilla
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 multiple definitions of rural. Describes the impacts of using 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, focusing on Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, supporting education and the recruitment and retention of the rural healthcare workforce.
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 statistics on healthcare professionals in rural and urban areas of 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 characteristics and challenges of the rural healthcare workforce. Covers factors affecting delivery of healthcare 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 to 2012 review of state Medicaid medical home programs in eight states. Identifies community health team programs, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), that provide an array of services, such as care coordination to self-management coaching. Includes information on 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 health insurance coverage data 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
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2011(Fall)
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Montana State Rural Health Plan
Plan to shape the development of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program in Montana. Includes information on trends, challenges, and methods to ensure access to quality healthcare across the state. Contact the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services at 406.444.9519 to request a copy of the report.
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
Profiles local travel nurses, from two networks in Eastern and Western Montana, who work for shorter time frames and go to more remote areas than most of their urban counterparts.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2010(Spring)
Date: 05/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Montana KIDS COUNT Data Center
Provides data on child well-being for the state of Montana. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data is available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Montana Health Centers Research and Data
Provides maps of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. 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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ERS State Fact Sheet: Montana
Provides state-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Montana QuickFacts
Provides state-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Montana State Health Facts
Provides state-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Last Updated: 5/31/2018