Telehealth program Project ECHO aims to close gaps in health disparities in rural community cancer centers

By Akshita Singh | November 21, 2018 at 9:15 AM

According to a presentation at the Association of Community Cancer Centers National Oncology Conference, the telehealth program Project ECHO is focused on delivering education and best practices to rural communities. When implemented in community cancer centers, Project ECHO allows for collaboration between primary care and cancer centers using a telehealth model that allows care teams to educate each other, share clinical cases, and cultivate deeper specialist knowledge.


University of Minnesota shines light on barriers to nursing home care for rural populations

By Dan Kamyck | May 24, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Researchers at Minnesota's Rural Health Research Center interviewed 23 rural discharge planners about the biggest medical challenges to nursing home placement for rural residents. More than half of those interviewed pointed to behavioral health problems as the leading barrier.

Why it matters: With long-term care moving toward home- and community-based settings, nursing homes are taking on more medically complex residents. Rural America is aging faster than non-rural areas, so the barriers to nursing home care will only become more entrenched.


Webinar Recap: Accountable Care Business Models for Rural Hospitals

By Dan Kamyck | May 22, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Melinda Abrams of The Commonwealth Fund on Monday led an exploration of the ways some rural communities are innovating to meet the complex health and social needs of their older and sicker populations.

Five experts: Melinda Abrams is the VP of Delivery System Reform for The Commonwealth Fund. On Monday's webinar she was joined by four senior leaders from the National Rural Health Association, Caravan Health, Margaret Mary Health in Indiana, and Neshoba Hospital in Mississippi. Here's what they said (234 words):