Models for Integrating and Managing Acute and Long-term Care Services in Rural Areas
Cutler, Population Health and Health Policy
Journal of Applied Gerontology
States and the federal government are searching for new managed-care strategies, such as capitated financing and coordinated case management, that integrate the financing and delivery of primary, acute, and long-term care services. For rural communities, the development of organizational and delivery systems, which better integrate and manage primary, acute, and long term care services, may help address long-standing problems of limited access to long-term care services. This article discusses the concept of integrated acute (medical) and long-term care service networks; model programs; challenges that health care providers, state policymakers, and others have faced in developing these new integrated structures; and the future of service-integration and coordination approaches in rural areas.
Coburn, A. F. (2001). Models for integrating and managing acute and long-term care services in rural areas. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 20(4), 386-408. doi: 10.1177/073346480102000402