The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is actively working to improve access and quality of health care in rural areas through sustainable health care programs created as a result of network collaboration. HRSA’s Rural Health Network Development grant program helps to prepare rural health networks for the transition to value-based payment and population health management by developing statewide, regional, or county level networks that can improve health outcomes through adoption or adaptation of an evidence-based or promising practice model in the delivery of health care services.
The Georgia Health Policy Center is providing technical assistance to grantees of the Rural Health Network Development program. Grantees are developing networks that address behavioral health, substance use disorder, care coordination, telehealth, chronic disease management, school-based health, and social determinants of health in rural areas. Technical assistance focuses on network development, operations support, and diversifying funding to include sustainable revenue streams.