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Profiles in Innovation


Innovations in rural health care delivery and finance are emerging across the nation. The profiles below describe exciting, and potentially replicable, innovations in rural health care that show promise in improving health, improving care, and lowering costs.


Latest Profile

Predictive Analytics Shape Care Processes - Community Care Partnership of Maine, a collaboration of nine federally qualified health centers and three community hospital systems, uses predictive analytics software to identify patients with the highest risk and plan interventions to support care management. (November 2018)


Affiliation Partners Sought to Prepare Small Hospital for Value-Based Care - Grinnell Regional Medical Center, a rural Iowa hospital, sought affiliation partners so it could prepare to participate in risk-based reimbursement models. (January 2018) Read more...

Behavioral Health Integration into Primary Care - Western Wisconsin Health, a rural health system, delivers behavioral health services as part of its comprehensive health and wellness approach in its Rural Health Clinic. (Mar 2018) Read more...

Community Care Integration - Southern Prairie, a 12-county collaboration in rural southwestern Minnesota, facilitates the integration of health care services and community supports across the region, through accountable care approaches. (July 2018) Read more...

Community Connectors to Improve Access - Increase access to home and community-based services by creating alternatives to institutionalized living and improving the quality of life for elderly and adults with physical disabilities while maintaining or decreasing costs. (March 2014). Read more...

Community Reinvestment Program - Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization, a 12-county collaboration in rural eastern Oregon, offers a community reinvestment grant program to achieve coordinated care organization metrics, and innovate to improve health within individual counties. (September 2018) Read more...

Contemporary Efforts to Transform into High Performance Systems - Based on the results of roundtable discussions with rural and frontier innovators, this paper offers themes, strategies, and perspectives on overcoming challenges related to health care innovation in rural communities. (September 2013 and July 2015) Read more...

County-Based Care Integration Model - Learn how a County-based health care purchasing organization has established an Accountable Rural Community Health (ARCH) to integrate nearly 8,000 network health care providers across the care continuum with county public health and social services. (December 2013) Read more...

Diabetes Telephonic Care - Learn about promising results from a team approach using telephonic nurse management for diabetes support, education, and care management. (July 2014) Read more...

Global Budget Process as an Alternative Payment Model - McCready Health regularly monitors and adjusts fees to achieve budget goals within Maryland’s all-payer hospital rate-setting system. (March 2017) Read more...

Health Outside Hospital Walls - Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services, Chadron, Nebraska, offers healthy living options and fills health services gaps within the community—expanding care beyond the treatment and recovery of individuals to include a focus on overall population health. (July 2016) Read more...

High Reliability Culture to Eliminate Serious Harm - Central Peninsula Hospital, a rural Alaska hospital pursues high reliability patient care, with the goal to eliminate all serious harm to patients and employees by 2020. (December 2017) Read more...

Integrated Care in a Frontier Community - Southeast Health Group has developed a fully integrated care model to support patients in frontier communities in southeastern Colorado. Its care coordination focuses on wellness and addresses nonmedical obstacles to overall health. (July 2016) Read more...

Investing in Population Health - A community health system, in consortium with state stakeholders, has established a Medicaid population health support system in rural and frontier areas that is viable and transferable across all patient populations. (August 2015) Read more...

Medical-Legal Partnership Addresses Social Determinants of Health - FirstHealth of the Carolinas integrates a medical-legal partnership into the evidence-based Chronic Care Model used in its new transitional care clinics. (Rural Health Value, September 2017)

Predictive Analytics Shape Care Processes - Community Care Partnership of Maine, a collaboration of nine federally qualified health centers and three community hospital systems, uses predictive analytics software to identify patients with the highest risk and plan interventions to support care management. (November 2018)

Proactively Pursuing Value-Based Payment - Summit Pacific Medical Center, a CAH in Elma, Washington is proactively advancing value-based care and approaching payers for value-based payment contracts. (May 2016) Read more...

Proactive System Affiliation - Three small rural hospitals formed an alliance in order to establish a mutually beneficial affiliation with a large regional medical center while remaining locally owned and controlled. (January 2015) Read more...

A Rural Accountable Care Organization: Learn about the design and implementation of a rural-based and physician-led Advance Payment ACO in rural Nebraska. (September 2013) Read more...

Rural Accountable Care Organization Care Coordination - Learn about care coordination at MaineHealth, a not-for-profit, integrated, healthcare delivery network ACO (MHACO). (December 2015) Read more...

Rural Health Networks and New Forms of Governance - Learn about a formal collaborative of independent rural and urban hospitals that serves patients across the continuum of care. The network's governance structure enables all members to have an equal voice at the table. (December 2015) Read more...

Rural Hospital Community Outreach - Prevent or delay early onset diabetes with a health screening and follow-up model showing a "statistically significant association" between program participation and reduced rates of progression from pre-diabetes to true diabetes. (May 2014) Read more...

Rural Hospital System Transformation - Drive change using the Lean methodology by learning from hospitals in the Mercy Health Network who are challenged to do more with less, and have the right resources in the right place at the right time for every caregiver, decrease costs, and increase quality of care and patient safety. (March 2014) Read more...

Rural Service Delivery Integration & Patient Engagement - Work towards a fully integrated and responsive health care delivery system through patient engagement, unnecessary surgery reduction, and emergency department "super utilizer" care management. (September 2013) Read more...

Using Data to Drive Change: Targeting High Service Utilizers - Identify high utilizers of emergency department and hospital services with data analysis. (August 2013) Read more...

For additional project examples, visit the Rural Assistance Center Rural Health Models and Innovations Hub.