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.
The Primary Health Center is a potential model for communities that can no longer sustain the current health delivery structure. This model was developed by KHA's Rural Health Visioning Task and has been tested on paper. KHA is actively seeking an opportunity for a pilot test of this concept. The following resources document work on the model.
To date, KHA has received letters of support from the KHA Board of Directors, Kansas Congressional Delegation, Governor Laura Kelly, KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, Kansas Farm Bureau, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Several other organizations also have expressed an interest in offering support for this initiative.
The KHA Board recognized the importance of looking to the future to ensure access to health services in rural communities. To carry out that work, a technical advisory group was appointed in 2012. Many of the resources on this page were developed during their tenure.
Scenarios for the Future - Tools for Board Discussions
Models Reviewed by the TAG - A number of existing models were reviewed and summarized for discussion by the TAG. Below is an overview sheet on each model they have examined to date.
For more information, contact Jennifer Findley at (785) 233-7436.