2020 Rural Behavioral Health Care Coordination Summit Findings
With the support of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) hosted the 2020 Rural Behavioral Health Care Coordination Summit. Summit panelists included 10 nationally recognized leaders in rural health policy, practice, and payment to identify a path for rural healthcare leaders to operationalize the movement to population health management, specifically regarding behavioral health (BH). Panelists also explored effective care coordination and transitions of care strategies that maximize the use of available resources and new technology. This summit built upon the findings of the 2019 Rural Care Coordination and Population Health Management Summit.
The summit focused on the rural hospital’s role in addressing behavioral health as part of a collaborative, community-wide initiative and identified strengths, barriers, and actionable next steps for implementing and improving care coordination.
There were four major objectives in convening these experts for the summit:
- Identify the association(s) between rural BH care coordination and healthcare cost and quality.
- Identify service components that lead to effective BH care coordination.
- Identify best practices and innovative models to address BH in rural settings.
- Identify methods by which to disseminate this report and summit findings to Flex programs, hospitals, hospital associations, federal partners, and networks to support implementation findings.
This 2020 Summit and report build upon the knowledge gained from 2019’s Rural Care Coordination and Population Health Management Summit.
This summary report of summit findings is intended to identify
- The components that lead to effective BH care coordination,
- Best practices and innovative models to address BH in rural settings, and
- Strategies to address barriers to effective BH care coordination.
The report offers tips on how to maximize available resources and new technology to improve efficiency in care management and transitions of care. It identifies some of the greatest barriers to care coordination—stigma and lack of access to providers—and focuses on four areas of opportunity for addressing them, chosen by the summit panelists.
- Workforce development and innovation
- Technology and telehealth
- Coordination and integration among providers and healthcare organizations
- Community cooperation and coordination
The report also includes resources in each area of opportunity. This report should serve as one of many tools for rural hospitals and communities in expanding and understanding BH care coordination.
Explore the findings from the 2019 Rural Care Coordination and Population Health Management Summit. Speakers will identify key actions that leaders and providers should take to further develop a local infrastructure that they can deliver and manage population health in the future.
Explore the summit report from the 2019 Rural Care Coordination and Population Health Management Summit and a short video featuring panelists from the Summit.