MVC will host a special virtual event this summer for its rural and northern Michigan members. The new MVC Rural Health Meeting is modeled after MVC’s collaborative-wide meetings that are offered in person in the spring and fall. This tailored member meeting differs in that its guest speakers and unblinded data presentations will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities in delivering value-based healthcare in rural or low-density communities. The event will take place over Zoom on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Collaborative has diversified in recent years with the addition of more rural-based hospitals and physician organizations as well as more representation throughout Northern Michigan, including critical access hospitals. These sites play an integral role in the health system and have a unique care delivery experience.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), rural providers have higher performance quality measures than their urban counterparts in areas such as safety, community engagement, efficiency, and cost reduction. At the same time, however, they also face unique challenges related to low patient volumes, higher rates of chronic disease, insufficient workforce recruitment and retention, and low reimbursement rates, among others.
It is these unique strengths and challenges that will be the focus of the August 9 agenda, along with unblinded MVC data that caters to priority conditions and areas of care for rural providers. If your hospital or physician organization is interested in presenting on a recent rural health initiative or would like to request data on a specific area of care, please contact the MVC Coordinating Center