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Hypertension Improvement at Saco River Medical Group
Through support from the NH Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Network, Saco River Medical Group has implemented a blood pressure control campaign for patients.

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NH Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance NetworkThere are currently 14 Rural Health Clinics (RHC) in NH that serve our rural population. In 2013, we conducted a needs assessment of all of the 13 RHCs. The report found that NH RHCs’ educational and training needs are not being met. A quarter of RHC members report not receiving education about ICD-10, cost reporting, and preparation for recertification; while another 15% report not receiving education about practice management or grant writing. RHC members are unaware of the learning and Technical Assistance (TA) opportunities provided by rural health organizations such as the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) and reported willingness for various modes of education delivery (e.g. webinar, in-person, etc.). NH RHCs report closer ties with hospitals than with each other. Members report interest in networking with other RHCs and the need for a listserv to facilitate communication across sites. All NH RHCs have an electronic medical records system.

Based on the report, in 2015 we created the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance (TA) Network, targeting all certified NH Rural Health Clinics for communication, learning and assessment. The Network serves to equip RHCs with the tools and resources necessary to effectively and efficiently serve their rural populations. The TA Network supports innovative and effective access to quality healthcare services with a focus on the rural, low-income, uninsured, Medicare and Medicaid populations of NH. The Rural Health Clinic TA Network includes the following components/activities:

  • A coordinated learning collaborative and interactive network for improved communication among NH Rural Health Clinics.
  • The provision of TA to RHCs in the areas identified by network members.
  • Increased use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and the use of Health Information Technology (HIT) to improve performance.
  • Increased institutionalization and monitoring of aggregated/standardized quality measures at the provider and system level.
  • An annual NH RHCs Quality Improvement (QI) needs assessment.

All TA webinars are recorded and can be accessed at https://nosorh.org/rhc-ta-webinars/.

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