Session: Delivering Quality Health Care in Rural America
5056.0: Wednesday, November 19, 2003: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Delivering Quality Health Care in Rural America
Assuring the quality of health care is one of the core functions of public health. But the devil is in the details. Are the quality standards for a 300 bed tertiary care hospital in San Francisco the same as those for a 50 bed community hospital in Eureka Springs Arkansas? Should they be? Are quality standards for public health departments in the two vastly different setting the same? Should they be? In an era of increased public and professional attention to the need for improved healthcare quality, standards for quality in the hospital, nursing home, and ambulatory care industries abound. However, health care provided in rural areas differs in many facets from that provided in larger urban areas. This session will examine current competing definitions of healthcare quality, their origins, and their impact on rural America. Panelists will examine policy and practical issues related to definition, certification, and accreditation of rural hospitals, public health department units in rural areas. Other topics addressed include challenges for workforce delivery in Health Professional Shortage Areas, why a “one size fits all” set of quality measures may be inappropriate, and solutions for rural healthcare organizations as they respond to the growing call for accountability in healthcare quality.
Learning Objectives: 1. Demonstrate familiarity with the current set of healthcare quality measures in inpatient, ambulatory, and public health settings. 2. Identify workforce development challanges to delivering quality care in rural America. 3. Discuss solutions for rural health providers as they face the challenges of accountability for healthcare quality.
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Organizer(s):John B. Wayne, PhD
Moderator(s):Forrest Calico, MD
8:30 AMIntroductory Remarks
8:35 AMDelivering quality health care in rural america: Workforce development challenges
Caroline Ford, MPH, Patricia Charles, DrPH, Gerald Ackerman, MS, CHES, Wayne Myers, MD, Michael Meit, MA, MPH, Tom Curtin, MD, Gail R. Bellamy, PhD
9:35 AMDiscussion
9:55 AMConcluding Remarks
Organized by:Medical Care
Endorsed by:Chiropractic Health Care; Gerontological Health; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing, Pharmacy

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA