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Rural Hospital and Healthsystem Initiatives

PORH administers the federal Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program in Pennsylvania which assists the state’s smallest rural hospitals, called Critical Access Hospitals, with quality improvement, financial, and operational improvement and support for health system development and community engagement. PORH also administers the federal Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program which provides support to the state’s small rural hospitals with activities related to quality improvement and investments towards meaningful use of health information technology.

Rural Hospital Toolkit for Transitioning to Value-based Systems

With the support of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, The Rural Hospital Toolkit for Transitioning to Value-based Systems (Toolkit) was developed to disseminate consultant recommended best practices and transition strategies identified through the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project. The Toolkit shares best practices for improving financial, operational and quality performance that position rural hospitals and networks for the future, as well as outlines strategies for transitioning to value-based purchasing and population health. Rural providers and leaders should use the Toolkit to identify performance improvement opportunities for their hospitals and networks, and develop strategies for successfully transitioning to population health.

  • Self-assessment for Transition Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership: Board, Employee and Community Engagement
  • Physician and Provider Engagement and Alignment
  • Population Health Management
  • Financial and Operational Strategies
  • Revenue Cycle Management and Business Office (BO) Processes
  • Quality Improvement
  • Community Care Coordination and Chronic Disease Management

Explore the Rural Hospital Toolkit for Transitioning to Value-based Systems

Diversity in Nursing Video Series

Mindy Luteri, LPN, Clinical Nurse at Meyersdale Medical Center in Meyersdale, PA (Somerset County) reflects on her career as a rural nurse and the path she took to realize her dream of being a nurse in her home community. These videos are part of the “Diversity in Nursing” video series coordinated by the Pennsylvania Action Coalition.