Thank you to the forty states who completed the RHC Committee survey last month. The survey was used to query SORH on the types and amounts of technical assistance provided by SORH to RHCs and other safety net providers in each state, and to help determine what resources need to be developed to assist SORH in this effort. The top priorities for SORH working with RHCs are:
SORH also indicated they need more resources for RHCs on Value Based Care, Primary Care Medical Homes, mock surveys, data, quality improvement, grant writing, Accountable Care Organizations, and telehealth.
The survey results will help the RHC Committee prioritize which resources to provide. Many states also indicated they are interested in participating in the RHC Institute, which is a 9-part webinar series designed to cover the basics of what an RHC is and help give SORH the capacity to provide technical assistance to RHCs on compliance, quality improvement, billing/coding, engagement in health reform, and more.
NOSORH would like to thank the RHC Committee co-chairs, Crystal Barter and Tammy Norville, along with John Gale and Penny Black for their contributions to the development of the survey. If your SORH does not currently participate in the RHC Committee, NOSORH invites you to participate. The RHC Committee meets every other month to facilitate sharing of state and partner resources. The next meeting is scheduled for June 19 at 2:00 pm ET. Contact Kassie Clarke for more information.
Last November, NOSORH released the State Office of Rural Health Roadmap for Working with Vulnerable Hospitals and Communities followed by a webinar to share best practices from SORH working with these vulnerable communities. A valuable resource from this Roadmap is a SORH Self-Assessment to help SORH determine what role they should or should not play in providing technical assistance to vulnerable hospitals and communities. The assessment is meant to be a general guide for discussion and framework for articulating the technical assistance role of the SORH. It’s important to note that the role of the SORH may need to change over time, depending on the technical assistance needs of the vulnerable hospitals and communities. More resources to assist SORH with this issue can be found on the NOSORH website.
The National Network for Rural and Frontier Capacity was formed in 2013 with support from a Network Development Planning Grant from the Office of Rural Health Policy to assist rural and frontier health service organizations to be more accountable, adaptable, innovative and collaborative. The Network’s focus is to develop a toolkit and resources to assist State Offices of Rural Health and other state and local “capacity builders” to enhance their capacity to provide technical assistance and consultation services to rural and frontier health service organizations. The plans for the content of the toolkit were based upon surveys of SORH and health services organizations conducted earlier this year. The toolkit will use creative approaches designed to broaden the scope of technical assistance offerings and specific tools and examples for how to develop and implement these services so they are financially viable and valued by customers.
This resource will also offer lessons learned from SORH staff on the front lines of local, state, and tribal organizations that are working to promote practice transformation. It is designed for SORH staff and other capacity builders who are interested in enhancing technical assistance services, whether for a fee or free of charge. The toolkit also identifies content experts who are available to guide SORH staff through challenging situations by offering advice, tools and joint problem solving.
The toolkit is scheduled to be available in the Spring of 2015 through NOSORH and National Center for Frontier Communities websites. The Network envisions this toolkit will evolve over time to best meet the capacity building needs of SORHs and the organizations they serve. For more information contact: Susan Wilger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-313-4720.
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