Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator
Working to ensure Americans living in rural areas have the best possible chance of survival and the highest quality of life attainable by promoting consistent, timely and appropriate evidence-based care.
Closing the Gap in Rural Outcomes
Recent healthcare metrics demonstrate a concerning trend: rural Americans face higher mortality rates than urban residents. Data indicates that rural residents are at 30% higher risk of stroke, 40% more likely to develop heart disease and live an average of three years fewer than urban counterparts.
The American Heart Association is committed to bringing equitable care to all. For that reason, we are focused on closing the gap between rural and urban hospital care as a top priority.
Get With The Guidelines® at No Cost For Rural Hospitals
Up to 700 rural hospitals will receive no-cost access to add new Get With The Guidelines quality programs for coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke.
These programs allow hospitals to measure compliance of evidence-based guidelines, benchmark with peers, and improve on quality of patient care, while simultaneously bringing up-to-date information to inform healthcare guidelines.
To maximize impact, rural eligible hospitals will be prioritized based upon their potential to impact the largest number of patients in geographic areas with the highest CVD mortality.
In addition to the benefits of The Get With The Guidelines programs, participating hospitals will work with American Heart Association Quality Improvement Consultants to learn model practices relevant to their region and size.
Rural Community Network
Each hospital will be invited to participate in rural learning collaboratives and receive access to professional education through The American Heart Association's Lifelong Learning Center. Hospitals will also have access to clinical experts and thought leaders at conferences and seminars.
The Rural Community Network will be available to all rural hospitals, regardless of status or enrollment with the accelerator.
To be eligible for no-cost Get With The Guidelines, hospitals must be new enrollers in one or more of the offered programs. The Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator does not apply to program renewals for hospitals already participating in the offered Get With The Guidelines programs. If your hospital already participates in one or more Get With The Guidelines programs, you may be eligible to add additional new programs through the accelerator, provided they are listed within the offerings above.
Additionally, hospitals must fit at least one of the below criteria. Contact us directly for specific eligibility inquiries.
Did you know? Several Programs Have Awards Specifically for Rural Hospitals
Independent of the Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator, the American Heart Association recognizes that rural hospitals work with varied patient care dynamics. For that reason, all rural hospitals participating in Get With The Guidelines Stroke, Heart Failure or Coronary Artery Disease, whether involved in the accelerator or not, are eligible to receive award recognition focused on a unique set of performance metrics:
- Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Rural Recognition (PDF): launching with rural acute stroke data collection and bundled reporting measures in the summer of 2022
- Get With The Guidelines - CAD Rural Recognition (PDF): launching with rural acute NSTE-ACS and STEMI data collection and bundled reporting measures in early 2023
- Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Rural: launching in 2024. Recognition details to come.