Health Care Innovations Exchange: Health Care Innovations for Rural Populations

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New Issue Focuses on

Health Care Innovations for Rural Populations

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the December 16 issue of the Health Care Innovations Exchange (     

This issue of the Innovations Exchange is the third in our monthly series focused on health care disparities experienced by different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and specific priority populations in the U.S.

  • The featured content includes Innovation Profiles and QualityTools that can help address disparities in rural health care, covering topics such as mobile clinics and outreach services, telehealth and remote monitoring, information technology, and rural behavioral health care.
  • To access more Innovations Exchange content related to specific topics, use our enhanced Browse by Subject feature Choose a topic and then narrow your results using the filters available on the page.
  • AHRQ Announces Grant Opportunities To Address Opioid Abuse Disorder in Rural Areas: Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Rural Primary Care Practices 
    This initiative will fund demonstration research (R18) projects that implement Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in primary care practices in rural areas of the United States. While expanding access to this evidence-based therapy in underserved communities, this initiative will discover and test solutions to overcoming known barriers to implementation of MAT in primary care and create training and implementation resources to support future efforts to expand access to MAT. 
    Application Receipt Date: March 4, 2016
  • New QualityTool: 2015 National Quality Strategy (NQS) Annual Progress Report
    The 2015 Annual Progress Report demonstrates progress in health care process, outcome, and access measures that track improvements related to the six NQS priorities. Measures highlighted in the report are drawn from the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, an AHRQ publication that documents findings on health care quality, access, and disparities.

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