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Improving Population Health: A Guide for Critical Access Hospitals

The National Rural Health Resource Center convened subject matter experts from around the country to create “Improving Population Health: A Guide for Critical Access Hospitals” (CAH) which is a tool for rural hospital leaders in support of incorporating population health principles and programs into strategic planning and operations. A systems-based framework is utilized to identify critical success factors for successfully managing this transition. Tools, resources, suggested readings, case studies and additional materials on how to integrate population health as culture change are also included.

Best Practice Concepts in Revenue Cycle Management

This guide provides rural hospital executive and management teams with generally accepted best practice concepts in revenue cycle management so that they may consider opportunities for performance improvement within their own hospitals and individual departments. It is also designed to assist State Offices of Rural Health directors and Flex Program coordinators in gaining a better understanding of the revenue cycle best practices so that they may develop educational trainings to further assist rural hospitals with performance improvement.

Critical Access Hospital Finance 101 Manual

This manual was developed for use by state Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program personnel as well as staff and boards of small rural hospitals and clinics. The content is designed to be as non-technical as possible and provide answers to frequently asked questions regarding critical access hospital (CAH), small rural hospital and rural health clinic (RHC) finance and financial performance.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

APIC is a member organization whose mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes.  APIC advances its mission through education, research, consultation, collaboration, public policy, practice guidance and credentialing.  Visit this site to locate MT’s APIC Chapter.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world.

Institute for Safe Medication (ISMP)

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use.

Montana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

The mission of the Montana AHEC is to enhance access to quality healthcare, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.

Montana Center to Advance Health Through Nursing (MT CAHN)

MT CAHN is the official state action coalition of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.   They are leading nursing education and practice through collaboration to advance the health of Montanans

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services/Quality Assurance Division (DPHHS-QAD)

The role of the Quality Assurance Division (QAD) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is to protect the safety and well-being of Montanans by monitoring and ensuring the integrity and cost-effectiveness of programs administered by the department.

Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH)

The Montana Office of Rural Health supports a variety of programs such as: Community Health Services Development (CHSD), Montana Rural Health Association (MRHA), Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) Grant, and the Lean Healthcare Project.

National Association for Healthcare Quality

Founded in 1976, the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is the only organization dedicated to healthcare quality professionals, defining the standard of excellence for the profession, and equipping professionals and organizations across the continuum of healthcare to meet these standards.

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

NOSORH enhances the capacity of State ORHs by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

National Rural Health Association

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

National Rural Health Resource Center

The National Rural Health Resource Center provides technical assistance to Rural Hospital Flexibility grantees, information, tools and resources for the improvement of rural health care. It serves as a national rural health knowledge center and strives to build state and local capacity.

Office of Rural Health Policy

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), ORHP has department-wide responsibility for analyzing the possible effects of policy on 62 million residents of rural communities.

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)

The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. We are committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities.The RHIhub is your guide to improving health for rural residents—we provide access to current and reliable resources and tools to help you learn about rural health needs and work to address them.

MPH@Baylor’s resource, Rural, Remote, and Resilient: How to Build Better Outcomes Outside of America’s Cities

With more than 60 million people living outside of cities, America is facing growing health disparities between rural and urban areas. Public health officials are working to mitigate health gaps to create better outcomes for rural communities. MPH@Baylor’s resource, Rural, Remote, and Resilient: How to Build Better Outcomes Outside of America’s Cities, discusses health disparities between metro and non-metro counties and offers strategies on how to collaborate to foster better health results in rural areas.  Visit Master of Public Health Online Program from Baylor University for more information on their programming.