Findings from the Rural Provider Leadership Summit
With the support of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) coordinated a Rural Provider Leadership Summit in Bloomington, Minnesota on May 23 – 24, 2016. The purpose of the Summit was to identify strategies for rural provider engagement in transitioning to value-based reimbursement systems. The Summit participants included representatives of critical access hospitals (CAHs), rural accountable care organizations (ACOs), physicians, state Flex Programs, state offices of rural health (SORHs), universities, quality and rural health network leaders. The panel also included representatives from FORHP, a rural foundation, emergency medical services and community paramedics.
A report with the findings of the Summit has been developed to assist rural hospital leaders in engaging rural health providers in the transition to value-based purchasing and population health. This report is designed to help rural hospitals leaders and providers during the transition.
In addition to a summary of the findings of the Summit, standing updates shared on the webinar included information from the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), the Flex Monitoring Team (FMT), Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance (RQITA) and FORHP, to include both the Flex program and policies impacting CAHs.