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New Community Assessment Tool Enables for the First Time an In-Depth, County-by-County, Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic Across Entire United States
Oct 4, 2018 - Press release from NORC at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the release of a new community assessment tool that allows users to access data on the opioid epidemic in counties across the county, see the epidemic's relation to demographic and socioeconomic factors, compare county-level data to the rest of the state and country, and track how data has changed over time.
Source: NORC at the University of Chicago
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Strengthening Health and Health Care in Rural America
Oct 4, 2018 - Blog post from the Commonwealth Fund written by Mary Wakefield. Discusses the history of rural health, the present and future health needs in rural communities, and the efforts of the Commonwealth Fund to improve rural health both in the past and looking forward. Includes considerations around payment policy, healthcare delivery, healthcare workforce, community partnerships, and research.
Source: To The Point, The Commonwealth Fund
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Better Data Will Serve as the Foundation in Modernizing the Medicaid Program
Oct 2, 2018 - Blog post for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Discusses how improved collection and use of data on Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will allow CMS to improve health outcomes as well as program integrity.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blog
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GAO: Rural Hospital Closures Increasing, South Hardest Hit
Oct 2, 2018 - Details a new analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on rural hospital closures. Rural hospital closures disproportionately occurred in the South, among for-profit hospitals, and among organizations with a Medicare-dependent hospital payment designation. Just 17% of rural hospital closures were in states that expanded Medicaid as of April 2018. Also touched on efforts to address rural hospital closures.
Source: Healthcare Dive
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School-Wide Free Nutrition Program Attracts Fewer Rural Schools
Oct 2, 2018 - Details a study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service. This report, Characteristics of School Districts Offering Free School Meals to All Students Through the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Program, looked at school districts participating in the USDA Community Eligibility Program, which allows schools to provide free breakfast and lunch for all of their students based on community characteristics rather than individual family applications. Despite the fact that rural families typically have more economic need, a smaller percentage of eligible school districts in rural areas participate in the program than in urban areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Some Rural Areas Are Better for Economic Mobility
Oct 2, 2018 - Discusses economic mobility for children based on where they grow up. Economic mobility varies widely not only between metro, micropolitan, and non-metropolitan counties, but within them. Significant differences exist between census tracts, and are attributable to a number of factors. Additionally, economic mobility rates vary between different parts of the country, with rural children who grew up in the Midwest having greater economic mobility than rural children who grew up in the South.
Source: City Lab
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HRSA Releases New Data on Child Health Across the U.S.
Oct 1, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released the 2017 National Survey of Children's Health data. This voluntary survey is funded and directed by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and provides annual national and state-level estimates related to key measures of child health and well-being.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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VA Releases National Suicide Data Report for 2005-2016
Sep 26, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of veteran suicide data, which includes both national and state-level data from 2005 to 2016. Although the overall rate of veteran suicide decreased from 2015 to 2016, the rates among 18-34 year olds continues to rise. The rates of suicide are highest among this group.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Some Rural Counties Are Seeing a Job Boom, Too
Sep 25, 2018 - Discusses job growth numbers in rural and urban areas across the country, with a focus on rural areas. Rural locations, on average, have seen lower rates of job growth, but a closer look at the data reveals that some rural communities are experiencing job growth rates similar to counties in medium-size and smaller metro areas.
Source: City Lab
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State Snapshots Provide a Fresh Look at State-Specific Health Care Quality Trends
Sep 24, 2018 - Blog post from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on its release of its 2017 State Snapshots, which provide detailed analyses of how each state and the District of Columbia is performing in areas of healthcare quality. Also touches on the 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) which was also released today and from which the data in the State Snapshots is taken.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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