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Rural Issues

Kansas rural hospitals provide essential health care services to a growing population of rural Medicare beneficiaries. Rural communities depend on hospitals to be there when they need them – to respond swiftly to emergencies, to help patients cope with acute and chronic illness and to care for those who have no place left to turn – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Rural Health Visioning Technical Advisory Group

Charge: To identify, evaluate and recommend strategies for KHA and its family of organizations related to the future of rural health delivery and structure; to identify new models of rural health delivery and consider the potential for success of the model(s) in Kansas; and develop education and other resources related to the future of rural health delivery for KHA members and the public.


2014 TAG Members
Principles for a Sustainable Rural Health Delivery System
Challenges Facing Kansas Rural Hospitals PowerPoint


The TAG is examining existing models of care, determining if they meet the Principles for a Sustainable Rural Health Delivery System, highlighting positive features and identifying barriers to implementation in Kansas. Below is an overview sheet on each model they have examined to date.

Avera eCare
Montana Frontier Health System
Patient Centered Medical Home
Rural ACO
PACE
Prairie Health Ventures
System Alignment in IA/NE
Urgency Rooms


The TAG has developed a set of scenarios of the future to provide hospitals with a discussion tool about the future of health delivery in Kansas. Hospitals are encouraged to use these as a planning tool with their boards.

Instructions
Diminished Local Support
CAH Mileage Phase In
Physician Led ACO
System Alignment


Click here to view the presentation on affiliations given by Douglas Johnson, Stroudwater Associates, at the 2014 Critical Issues Summit.


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Join the Kansas Healthcare Communicators Society on Oct. 29, 2014 for their fall education conference. Download the brochure today for more information. Contact Jan Fenwick at (785) 233-7436 or jfenwick@kha-net.org for more info.
Improved coordination of care and sharing of public health data are two important requirements in Stage 2 Meaningful Use. Join KHA on Wed., Oct. 29 for a webinar from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The Kansas Hospital Association in cooperation with the Nebraska Hospital Association will be hosting a webinar on Oct. 29 that will cover the challenges facing Critical Access Hospitals as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Paul Baumert, CPA, FHFMA and Julianne Kipple, CPA, CHFP with the Lutz Healthcare Practice Group will identify opportunities for cost savings, improvements in revenue cycle management and shifts in reimbursement.
For more information regarding this meeting, contact Susan Cunningham at (785) 233-7436 or scunningham@kha-net.org.
For more information on the KHA Board Meeting, contact Amy Fluke at afluke@kha-net.org or (785) 233-7436