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Ten Areas of Future Focus for Rural Health Care Leaders

October 1, 2018

Special Rural Health Care Session

Rob Mechanic, MBA, and Michael Topchik

This session will describe 10 key forces that should drive the development of future strategic planning and operational change for rural health care leaders. These include the changing health care workforce, opportunities to expand access to care and broaden clinical services through virtual care, he growth of alternative payment models in Medicare and Medicaid, and the increasing importance on addressing social determinants of health. After a brief introduction this session will break out into small groups where you will engage with peers from across the country to discuss how common challenges are being addressed across a range of community contexts. We will then reconvene for a group discussion of future strategic options for financial stability and effectively addressing the needs of your communities.

Session objectives: Gain a more detailed understanding of the major forces that will affect rural health care in the next five to ten years. Consider perspectives and best practices from a variety of community contexts. Develop potential strategies to prepare for the future that are tailored to the conditions in your community.

Who should attend: Hospital executive officers, physician leaders, hospital management staff, practice management staff and board members.

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