Rural Hospital and
Healthsystem Initiatives

Improving Quality, Financial
Performance, and Operations

PORH administers the federal Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) in Pennsylvania, which assists the state’s smallest rural hospitals (Critical Access Hospitals) with improving quality, financial performance, and operations, as well as providing support for healthsystem development and community engagement.

PORH also administers the federal Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP), 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.

New Future of Rural Healthcare | Strategies for Success

Eric Shell, CPA and MBA, presented “New Future of Rural Healthcare | Strategies for Success,” at Pennsylvania State University in Sept. 2018.

Please click here to watch the full presentation.

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 to position rural hospitals and networks for the future. It also 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.

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October 2019

Pennsylvania Health Access Network

October 28

SAVE THE DATE 11th annual health conference: A New Path Forward: Moving Toward Fairer, More Equitable Healthcare in Pennsylvania this October 28th in Harrisburg.  Learn about key issues facing Pennsylvanians when accessing care and to discuss how to collectively build a fairer, more affordable, more just healthcare system in the Commonwealth. Advocates, policy experts, lawmakers, activists, and other stakeholders can plan to discuss issues like: The High & Rising Costs of Prescription Drugs, Pennsylvania's New Online Health Insurance Marketplace, Transportation as a…

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2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit

October 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us on October 29 for the 2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College, PA Did you know..... Human trafficking is second largest criminal industry in the world behind illegal drugs and soon could be the leading crime in the world? Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry, with thousands of victims in the United States? Pennsylvania has the 11th highest number of cases reported in the nation? This is happening in our community?…

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