Population Health Is for Rural Hospitals, Too
“While disruptive change will continue in health care, rural hospitals and health systems can still still seize the opportunity with population health strategies,” write Steve Long, CEO of Hancock Regional Hospital, and Beth Nelson, WittKieffer consultant specializing in the recruitment of leaders for rural and community facilities. In this informative article for AHA’s Hospitals & Health Networks, the authors provide the following suggestions:
- a renewed focus on success factors for fee-for-service reimbursement
- intense focus on process-of-care metrics
- aggressive physician integration
- expanded community care coordination
Great leadership is necessary to execute on these strategies as well, they note.