Mayo Clinic is among several organizations working to create a national learning collaborative among rural health providers, with Montana being an initial test bed.

The Montana work, funded with a $10.5 million grant from the Health Care Innovation Award program under the Affordable Care Act, will establish a Frontier and Rural Performance Network in the state with hopes of linking 48 critical access hospitals and rural health centers. The network will seek to standardize operational processes and improvement efforts across hospitals and clinics based on best practices, with support coming from health improvement, electronic health record and data analysis specialists.

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