Shift to Coordinated Care

Qualifying for ACOs a tough challenge for rurals.

The town of Paris, Tenn., population 10,166, boasts a 60-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower and draws visitors with events such as the “World's Biggest Fish Fry.”

It's also a community where 19% of the population lives below the poverty line and residents struggle with high rates of diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high cholesterol, plus low health literacy. With the closest major city, Nashville, and its major medical centers two hours away, the job of overseeing population health falls to 101-bed Henry County Medical Center, the only hospital in the county.

“We're a very poor-health community,” says Thomas Gee, the hospital's administrator and CEO. “Just being in rural Tennessee, that puts us at ground zero. There's a lot of room for improvement.”

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Source: Modern Healthcare