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.

2014 TAG Members
Principles for a Sustainable Rural Health Delivery System
Challenges Facing Kansas Rural Hospitals PowerPoint

The TAG is examining 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 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.

For more information or to register, contact Jan Fenwick at or (785) 233-7436.
For more information regarding this program, contact Lorri Dean ( or Deborah Stern ( at (785) 233-7436.
For more information regarding the KHC Summit on Quality, contact Deborah Stern at (785) 233-7436 or
For more information, contact Tish Hollingsworth at (785) 233-7436 or
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