What are integrated rural health networks?
An integrated health network brings previously separate and independent entities into a new, unified structure. Coordination must be attained in the following three areas to achieve fully integrated status:
Rural health networks may or may not be integrated. In fact, the majority of rural providers do not belong to an integrated rural health network. Generally, smaller rural health networks have been able to engage in a greater degree of integration as its members are more willing to engage in shared clinical and financial functions.
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