Improving Care in a Rural Region with Consolidated Imaging
Muskie staff worked with Maine Medical Center to collect data to achieve the following goals: 1) Implement a regional, consolidated approach to Picture Archiving and Communincation Systme (PACS) using a partnership model within a rural health network; 2) Evaluate the process of implementation, including the technological, clinical, economic, environmental, and cultural factors that impeded or accelerated the proces. 3) Quantify the impact of the Consolidated Imaging (CI)-PACS regional implementation on health care access, cost and quality.
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Policy Brief on Federal Health Care Reform
In this policy brief, Dr. Andrew Coburn of the Muskie School discusses three of the main components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): health insurance coverage, delivery system improvement, and cost containment, highlighting some of the provisions of the law that have already been implemented and those where important implementation decisions will have to be made.