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News by Topic: Statistics and data

May 15, 2019 - Rural counties in western Colorado are paying some of the highest health insurance premiums in the state, thanks to lack of competition among hospitals and insurance carriers. Even though rural hospitals cannot reasonably increase competition, more insurance carrier options in rural areas could help reduce premiums.
Source: The Daily Sentinel
May 13, 2019 - Data analysis in Connecticut shows that only 10 small towns in the state have not had a death from an opioid overdose in the last 4 years. The reasons for their addictions often stem from prescriptions that became an addiction, particularly in the Appalachian Valley. Article includes data on deaths by county and city for 2015-2018.
Source: Government Technology
May 13, 2019 - A new study shows great variation among readmissions for pediatric patients based on hospital type and diagnosis. The data is intended to create quality performance benchmarks for hospitals, including nonmetropolitan hospitals. Nonmetropolitan hospitals had higher readmission rates for diabetes, but lower readmission rates for many other conditions, such as asthma.
Source: Becker's Clinical Leadership and Infection Control
May 8, 2019 - A new study shows that disparities between rural and urban diabetes mortality rates are increasing. While mortality rates related to diabetes in urban areas have decreased over time, rural areas have not been keeping pace.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 8, 2019 - A new study by the Robert Graham Center found that family physicians spent less on low-value care and those practicing in the Midwest or rural areas had even lower spending per patient on low-value care. The study also found that rural family physicians had a broader scope of practice than family physicians in urban areas.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
May 3, 2019 - Research supported by the American Farm Bureau Federation surveyed farmers, farmworkers, and rural adults to identify factors affecting their mental health. Nearly half of respondents said they faced more mental health challenges than a year ago and a majority of the farmers and farmworkers surveyed identified financial issues as a top mental health concern.
Source: Feedstuffs
May 1, 2019 - The Wireline Competition Bureau released a revised 2019 Broadband Deployment Report after finding that a company overstated their deployment data. The revised report shows that rural Americans with access to high broadband speeds increased 85.1% in 2017.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Apr 23, 2019 - The latest physician supply and demand report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects continued and increasing physician shortages through 2032.
Source: AAMC News
Apr 18, 2019 - Highlights population growth in nonmetro counties for the second year in a row. Includes a map with county-level U.S. Census data showing the 2017 and 2018 population estimates and estimated population change between those two years.
Source: Daily Yonder
Apr 17, 2019 - Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on June 5-6, 2019. Agenda items include discussion of a draft report on a health information privacy and security protection framework, updates from the Subcommittee on Population Health regarding community data needs, and a timeline review from the Subcommittee on Standards regarding ICD-11 and refinements to ICD-10 standards.
Source: Federal Register