Rural Issues


Rural Issues

Kansas rural hospitals provide essential health care services to a growing population of rural Medicare beneficiaries. Rural communities depend on hospitals to be there when they need them – to respond swiftly to emergencies, to help patients cope with acute and chronic illness and to care for those who have no place left to turn – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Rural Health Visioning Technical Advisory Group

Charge: To identify, evaluate and recommend strategies for KHA and its family of organizations related to the future of rural health delivery and structure; to identify new models of rural health delivery and consider the potential for success of the model(s) in Kansas; and develop education and other resources related to the future of rural health delivery for KHA members and the public.

2015 TAG Members
Principles for a Sustainable Rural Health Delivery System
Challenges Facing Kansas Rural Hospitals PowerPoint
Rural Health Care Power Point Template - 2015 KHA Fall District Meeting

The TAG continues to examine existing models of care, determining if they meet the Principles for a Sustainable Rural Health Delivery System, highlighting positive features and identifying barriers to implementation in Kansas. Below is an overview sheet on each model they have examined to date.

Avera eCare
Montana Frontier Health System
Patient Centered Medical Home
Rural ACO
Prairie Health Ventures
System Alignment in IA/NE
Urgency Rooms

The TAG has developed a Primary Health Center Model, currently in a paper test phase.


Sustaining Rural Health Care in Kansas - White Paper

Primary Health Center Model - Executive Summary

New Models of Health Care Delivery in Rural Areas - Media Release


The TAG has developed a set of scenarios of the future to provide hospitals with a discussion tool about the future of health delivery in Kansas. Hospitals are encouraged to use these as a planning tool with their boards.

Diminished Local Support
CAH Mileage Phase In
Physician Led ACO
System Alignment

Click here to view the presentation on affiliations given by Douglas Johnson, Stroudwater Associates, at the 2014 Critical Issues Summit.

KDHE, in partnership with the KHA and KHERF, is offering a training opportunity for new and experienced CAH leadership focusing on preparation for CAH surveys on Dec. 2 in Wichita. Please contact the Chrisy Madden at (785) 233-7436 or if you have any questions.
For more information regarding the KHSC Board Meeting, contact Steve Poage at (785) 233-7436 or
For more information regarding this event, contact the KHA Education Department at (785) 233-7436: Jennifer Findley ( Hayley Finch ( Chrisy Madden (
For more information on this event, contact Dee Lewis at (785) 233-7436 or
For more information, contact Melissa Hungerford ( or Susan Cunningham ( at (785) 233-7436.