VISN 6 Rural Health Initiative Program (RHIP) Integrators recently met at McGuire VAMC in Richmond to discuss new strategies for providing services and reaching Veterans living in rural areas.
Each medical center throughout VISN 6 has a Rural Health program. The programs are designed to deliver quality Health Education and Health Services to Veterans that live beyond the medical centers and in communities where access to proper healthcare is limited.
Integrators are responsible for the operation and direction of the RHIP Program within the prescribed guidelines. Integrators direct the services offered by the program so as to ensure compliance with local, national VHA standards and policies as well as accreditation standards for home care organizations.
How they lead:
• Integrators are responsible for the development and continued effective functioning of the team. They provide direction and team leadership.
• They interpret and communicate national, state and local rural health policies to the RHIP team and VHA facility.
• Assist the team in developing and implementing policies and procedures to include performance improvement, patient safety, utilization review, emergency preparedness, and staff safety.
• Collaborate with Information Technology to ensure accurate reporting of RHIP services, administrative and workload data.
• Focus on Registration and Eligibility Determination in the rural communities that have limited access to the VA Health Care Medical Center.
• Plan and coordinate community outreach events.
The Rural Health program has been online for two years now and is making a difference in terms of assisting new Veterans with the application process and helping them understand their benefits. This program aims to find new Veterans not enrolled for VA care and they do a great job working with community partners to find those men and women that have served our country.