The Future of Rural Value-Based Health Care and Surge Capacity

Healthcare service demands consequent to the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged preconceived rural value-based priorities such as inpatient-care reduction and just-in-time inventories. Thus, rural healthcare organizations may struggle with conflicting demands for surge-ready healthcare infrastructure and value-oriented business processes. This Rural Health Value commentary outlines questions for consideration about the future of rural value-based care and payment.


Top resources on the Rural Health Value website:

  • Value-Based Care Assessment – Assess capacity and capabilities to deliver value-based care. Receive an eight-category readiness report.
  • Physician Engagement – Score current engagement and build effective relationships to create a shared vision for a successful future.
  • Board and Community Engagement – Hold value-based care discussions as part of strategic planning and performance measurement.
  • Social Determinants of Health – Learn and encourage rural leaders/care teams to address issues to improve their community’s health.

 Contact information:

Keith J. Mueller, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator,

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Developed with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $250,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors(s) do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.