Framing Rural Health Value Webinar Series Summary Report

Author: National Rural Health Resource Center

During the months of May through August 2014, the National Rural Health Resource Center held the Framing Rural Health Value webinar series, for which this document provides a summary. Participation in this series aided state Flex Programs in understanding the changing and challenging landscape of rural health care as well as program design in preparation for the competitive grant cycle of the Flex Program in Fiscal Year 2015. This webinar series was held in place of past in-person national Flex conferences and aims to assist state Flex Programs with designing and maintaining responsive technical assistance and education for critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the emerging value-based health care system. Through panel presentations, cohort conversations, applied exercises and case study review, state Flex Program participants:

  • Explored how the core areas of the Flex Program can be supported by performance frameworks in the emerging value-based health care system
  • Discovered CAH and state Flex Program examples of Flex-supported activities in alignment with performance excellence frameworks
  • Understood Flex Program supportive interventions for financially distressed CAHs on the verge of closure
  • Expanded the awareness and use of resources targeted to support state Flex Programs and their CAHs