Realizing Rural Care Coordination: Considerations and Action Steps for State Policymakers
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Many states are innovating their health care delivery systems to adopt models focused on care coordination strategies. Given the health disparities in rural versus urban environments, successful care coordination is of paramount importance in rural areas. Rural areas, which encompass nearly 20% of the nation’s population, pose particular challenges to care coordination such as provider isolation and shortages, yet offer unique strengths, such as close relationships and community knowledge, which are vital for care coordination. This webinar will feature state officials from Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico, who will share their distinct approaches to coordinating care for rural residents. The speakers will participate in a moderated panel-style discussion to explore the development, financing, daily operations, challenges, and lessons learned of their state models. Discussion will focus on key policy decisions and action steps that states can take to implement care coordination strategies for rural populations. This webinar is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health and Value Strategies.
- Heather Howard, JD Lecturer in Public Affairs, Princeton University; Director, State Health and Value Strategies
- Wendy Sturn, Program Officer, Montana Health Improvement Program
- Kathryn Jantz, Program Lead, Colorado Accountable Care Collaborative
- Nancy Smith-Leslie, Deputy Director, Medical Assistance Division, New Mexico Department of Human Services