A Guide for Rural Health Care Collaboration and Coordination
Resource Topic: Promising Practice, Workforce, Operations, Outreach
Year Developed: 2019
Resource Type: Publication
Primary Audience: Enabling Staff
Health Center Staff
Secondary Audience: Clinicians
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
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Resource Summary: A Guide for Rural Health Care Collaboration and Coordination was developed in cooperation with local, state, and national level leaders representing various rural health care organizations. This document discusses key lessons learned from efforts these leaders have pursued in their own rural communities.
Resource Details: Safety net health care providers in rural communities face a unique combination of challenges, including limited economies of scale, heavy dependence on public payers, low patient volume, and unnecessary duplication of services among providers. Rural providers like Health Centers/Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), small rural hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and local public health departments may perceive some level of competition with each other for limited resources, staff, and patients, which can put key services at risk. This Guide discusses and illustrates through case studies how collaboration and coordination among rural providers can address these issues and improve care for these communities.