HomeTown Health’s Value Added Services

The Mission of HomeTown Health is to ensure that rural health care is preserved at the local community level wherever possible and that a continuum of care is available to the rural populations.

What does this mean? It means that HomeTown Health is committed to meeting the urgent and very real needs of its member hospitals with a hands-on approach, doing whatever it takes to get issues addressed and problems resolved expeditiously and at the appropriate level.

HomeTown Health, LLC adds value to hospital members through:

  • Advocacy & Representation
  • Communications
  • Web Based Services
  • Education
  • Cost Reduction Programs
  • Strategic Planning
  • Networking & Support

Advocacy & Representation

HomeTown Health’s first priority is to convey the urgent needs of our rural hospitals to key governmental decision makers concerning the consequences of the Affordable Care Act of 2009, Medicaid and State Merit cuts. HomeTown constantly monitors legislation affecting rural hospitals and relays that information to its members on an ongoing basis.

Other ways HomeTown Health gets its message across:

  • CEO Days at the Capitol
  • Coordination of Legislative Grassroots Efforts
  • Close Communication with key decision makers within DCH, Office of Rural Health, along with key legislators on the state and federal levels.

Member hospitals are represented in the following ways by HTH:

  • Monthly Department of Community Health Board Meetings
  • Office of Rural Health Advisory Board
  • Governor Affairs Spring Meeting
  • Health Strategies Council
  • Hospital Advisory Council
  • Hospital GHA Task Force on CON

Communications

HomeTown Health communicates with its members through:

  • E-mail Updates
  • Telephone Calls
  • Hospital Visits
  • Spring and Fall Stakeholder Meetings
  • Web Site – www.hometownhealthonline.com
  • On-Line Meetings at www.gotomeeting.com
  • Wikispaces page – www.hometownhealth.wikispaces.com

Web-Based Services – www.hometownhealthonline.com

Our website provides you with:

  • Overview of HomeTown Health and Staff
  • Calendar of Events
  • Member Hospital Listing & Contact Information
  • Business Partner Listing & Information
  • Legislative and Healthcare News Updates
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance Tools
  • Training tools like www.hthu.net
  • Wikispaces page – www.hometownhealth.wikispaces.com
  • Vital links and current information to make your job easier and to make your hospital more profitable.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Education

HomeTown conducts meetings specifically for educational purposes focusing on subjects relevant to current rural healthcare challenges. Annual focus group meetings include CEO’s, CFO’s, Nurse Executives, Business Office Managers, Case Managers, HR Managers, Materials Managers, HIPAA Compliance Officers, and Radiology Managers.

Training Methods Include:

  • On-Site Training
  • Annual Focus Group Meetings
  • HomeTown Health University www.hthu.net – Online 24/7 training
  • Virtual Conferences live and online at www.gotomeeting.com.
  • Wikispaces page – www.hometownhealth.wikispaces.com

Cost Reduction & Support Partnerships

HomeTown Health can provide you with valuable resources to help you with the following cost reduction programs and through support partnerships:


Strategic Planning

HomeTown Health provides a two-day strategic planning session for its members at no cost. A strategic plan includes:

  • A medical capacity analysis to determine how many physicians your community will support and how many you have to see if you need to recruit more physicians.
  • S.W.O.T. Analysis -Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
  • Plan of Action

This session educates your county commission, key community leaders and hospital boards on today’s healthcare environment from a statewide perspective and engages them in a plan of action to strengthen the financial viability of your hospital. HomeTown has conducted more than 25 strategic plans with excellent results.


Networking & Support

HomeTown Health is working to help its member hospitals to find ways to address the challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment:

  • HomeTown Search Engine: Send your inquiries or questions to Jimmy Lewis or Kristy Thomson and we will submit to the entire membership with answers back for you within the hour.
  • Call HomeTown anytime, day or night, for answers to questions or help in a crisis.
  • HomeTown Health will escalate your unresolved problems or crisis issues all the way to the Governors office in order to help you resolve the problem.