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Partnerships Model Implementation Considerations

Successful care coordination programs often have strong relationships with others. This includes strong collaborations with hospitals, clinics, and other community partners as in the Partnerships Model.

Potential partners for rural communities include:

  • Hospitals
  • Federally qualified health centers
  • Primary care physicians
  • Regional medical centers
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Local health departments
  • Health insurance companies
  • Managed care organizations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Colleges or universities

Rural healthcare providers that have entered into a partnership or network like an Accountable Care Organization may share data using health information technology. Rural healthcare providers may also form partnerships to develop referral networks to ensure that patients are promptly referred.