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National Rural Health Resource Center's Podcasts

The National Rural Health Resource Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining and improving health care in rural communities.

As the nation’s leading technical assistance and knowledge center in rural health, The Center focuses on five core areas:

  • Transition to Value and Population Health
  • Collaboration and Partnership
  • Performance Improvement
  • Health Information Technology
  • Workforce 

Aug 3, 2017

Health care is on a path to value, regardless of health care reform uncertainties. Thus, critical access hospitals need to understand accountable care, especially if considering joining an ACO. This webinar will present a new Excel-based tool developed by the Rural Health Value team and Premier, Inc. The Critical Access Hospital Pro Forma for Shared Savings assesses the financial implications of joining a Medicare Shared Savings Plan Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The publicly available, free tool highlights five-year revenue and expense forecasts financial projections that compare current state to Medicare ACO participation and an easy to understand table and chart summary outputs, including hospital and physician financial projections.

Download podcast slide decks from the SRHT website.


  • Clint MacKinney, MD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the College of Public Health, University of Iowa and Deputy Director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy and Analysis
  • Jane Jerzak, CPA, RN, Partner, Wipfli LLP

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $957,510 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.