Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement

Transforming Care focuses on new models of care, payment approaches, and patient engagement strategies that have the potential to reshape our delivery system to better meet the needs of the nation’s sickest and most vulnerable patients. 

  • March 30, 2017 Issue
In Focus: Reimagining Rural Health Care

News of growing health disparities between rural and urban Americans prompted Transforming Care to focus on what’s happening in rural health care today. What we found was surprising: While there is much to worry about—including a greater risk of dying from preventable causes and worse access to care—there are also many signs of innovation, including bold experiments in organizing and financing care delivery, making services more accessible, and addressing the social determinants of poor health. 

Using Telemedicine to Increase Access, Improve Care in Rural Communities

From a virtual hospital at its headquarters in Sioux Falls, S.D., the integrated delivery system Avera Health enables rural hospitals and providers to handle more complex cases and address workforce shortages. 

Combatting the Opioid Epidemic with Provider and Public Education

A community-based effort to reduce prescription opioid misuse and abuse in Wilkes County, N.C., became a model for other cities in the U.S. after it lowered the overdose rate by nearly three-quarters over three years. Transforming Care spoke to Fred Wells Brason II, one of its founders, about how the organization approached the problem and what lessons it holds for other rural communities grappling with the issue.

Publications of Note

Selected publications from the professional literature explore how ACOs serving racial and ethnic minorities lag in quality, and more.

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