AHA guide helps small, rural hospitals improve population health

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A new guide from the AHA's Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative and Association for Community Health Improvement seeks to help small and rural hospitals and care systems develop effective community partnerships to improve population health. “Rising health care costs and greater demand for quality outcomes have led to a shift toward value-based payment models focused on better population health management,” the report notes. “These market dynamics, along with new care delivery models and payment reform, are challenging hospitals and health care systems to develop population health approaches focused on prevention, improved chronic disease management and wellness activities. Hospitals and care systems that engage the community prepare themselves to meet these opportunities.”

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