Care Coordination in Rural Communities: Supporting the High Performance Rural Health System

June 2015
Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Health Panel

Care coordination has emerged as a key strategy under new health care payment and delivery system models that aspire to achieve the objectives of better patient care, improved population health and lower per capita cost. Care coordination definitions and models vary, but all include multidisciplinary teams and networks, person-centeredness and timely access to and exchange of information. This policy paper examines care coordination programs and processes that affect rural people and places to discover what is happening now in rural communities, how different programs and approaches are working and who benefits.