Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile


Project Title: "Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership"
Geographic Reach: Montana
Funding Amount: $10,499,889
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $31,922,800


Mineral Regional Health Center, partnering with Montana's frontier and rural health care communities, Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium (A-OPTIC), and iVantage Health Analytics, received an award to develop and implement a Frontier and Rural Performance Network and learning collaborative that will standardize operations and efficiencies across all of the state's hospitals, including tertiary care centers and critical access hospitals. By the third year of the project, there will be a total of 25 critical access included in the network, serving over 52,000 beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Training will be provided to all participating sites in this network. Support for sites will include health improvement specialists, technology specialists, and data analysis. The goal is to standardize improvement efforts and operational processes based upon best practices, resulting in better health care outcomes and efficiencies. Over a three-year period, the Mineral Regional Health Center will hire 35 health care workers, including a program director, associate director, chief financial officer, chief clinical officer, LEAN/community collaborative specialist, workforce development officer, team coordinator, and a human resources director as well as a staff of health improvement specialists, technology specialists, health analysts, and administrative support workers.

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