RHIhub published a two-part series in the Rural Monitor on post-acute care in rural areas:
- Rural Post-Acute Care: Improving Transitions to Enhance Patient Recovery – How a tertiary facility’s communication with partnering skilled nursing facilities, a Critical Access Hospital’s swing bed program, and a home health agency are improving patient transitions from acute care to PAC.
- Rural Post-Acute Care: Healthcare Leaders Offer Practical Solutions to Workforce Challenges – Healthcare leaders share practical examples that have created incentive for staff to join, and stay on, their healthcare teams.
We also have a new story on Accountable Care Organizations and Super-Utilizers:
- Relationships and Partnerships: How ACOs Are Improving Treatments for Super-Utilizers – The Mountain West ACO, New Hampshire Rural ACO, and UnityPoint Accountable Care share how they’re working to reduce costs and improve care for their super-utilizing patients.
We’ve updated our Evidence-Based Toolkit on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, which is designed to help organizations identify and implement sustainable health promotion programs in their rural communities.
Our Rural Transportation Toolkit has also been updated with an issue brief from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis:
- Promising Practices for Increasing Access to Transportation in Rural Communities – Looks at promising rural transportation program models and shares lessons learned from rural communities.
We also have several new Models and Innovations:
- Hospital2Home – Identifies older adults who are at high risk of being readmitted to the hospital and provides vouchers for services like personal care and home-delivered meals. For three months post-hospital discharge, 89% of participants did not readmit.
- Faith, Activity, Nutrition – A program in Fairfield County, SC, trains church committees to improve guidelines and opportunities for more physical activity and healthy eating in the church environment.
- Implementation of a Nursing Veterans’ Initiative to Transform Education (INVITE) – A program at the College of St. Scholastica supports veterans pursuing a B.S. in nursing through reworked curriculum and admission requirements, a study space, and faculty with veteran experiences.
- Hands of Hope In-School Prevention Program – The Hands of Hope In-School Prevention Program and the Peaceful Bus Program in rural Grant County, Indiana, teach students how to identify and address forms of violence like bullying and unhealthy relationships.
We’ve also updated several of our Topic Guides:
- Rural Veterans and Access to Healthcare – Provides an overview of available health programs; infrastructure, grants, and organizations addressing veterans’ health; how health programs, facilities, and community members can help, and more.
- Rural Migrant Health – Resources and Frequently Asked Questions on health concerns specific to this population, barriers to accessing care, and how healthcare and community organizations can help improve access, among other things.
- Recruitment and Retention for Rural Health Facilities – Covers strategies and incentives to attract providers, organizations and programs that support recruitment and retention, statistics on vacancies, and more.
- Rural Hospitals – Provides an overview of the challenges facing rural hospitals, specific rural hospital designations, services rural hospitals provide, and alternative hospital models proposed to serve rural communities.