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Dentists Providing Oral Health Care to Long Term Care Residents: Survey Chartbook & Four North Dakota Case Studies
Reports on a survey conducted to assess oral health services among long-term care (LTC) facilities in North Dakota, and provides an analysis of four rural case studies. Information gathered from survey includes their oral health policies and care practices, and an assessment of dental providers’ views on geriatric oral health.
Author(s): Shawnda Schroeder, Patrick Bright
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
Date: 07/2016
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A Look at Rural Hospital Closures and Implications for Access to Care: Three Case Studies
Case studies of three rural hospital closures that took place in 2015 in Kansas, Kentucky, and South Carolina. Explores impact of closures on access to care and the economy of local communities.
Author(s): Jane Wishner, Patricia Solleveld, Robin Rudowitz, Julia Paradise, Larisa Antonisse
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
Date: 07/2016
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Adoption of a Tai Chi Intervention, Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance, for Fall Prevention by Rural Faith-Based Organizations, 2013-2014
Results of a study of fall-prevention exercises geared toward adults ages 65 or above, conducted by 19 trained instructors through faith-based organizations in 7 rural West Virginia counties.
Author(s): Dina L. Jones, Rachael W. Starcher, Jennifer L. Eicher, Sara Wilcox
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 13
Date: 07/2016
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Working in Rural Health
A video describing the benefits of working as a healthcare provider in a rural location. Length: 4:25
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Department of Health
Date: 07/2016
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Hospitals Largely Reported Addressing Requirements for EHR Contingency Plans
Results of a study using self-reported data from 400 hospitals that received Medicare incentive payments for using a certified electronic health record (EHR) system as of September 2014. Information includes EHR contingency plans related to HIPAA requirements, practices for contingency planning recommended by two Federal agencies, and hospitals' experiences with EHR disruptions. Features statistics with breakdowns by large or small hospitals, with small hospitals defined as those with 50 or fewer beds.
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date: 07/2016
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An Interview with David Schmitz
The co-creator of the Community Apgar Program and program director of RTTs (Rural Training Tracks) at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho shares his insights about rural physician training and recruitment of rural healthcare providers.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2016
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Improving Access to Care through Telehealth
Provides descriptions of research studies to expand access to care for Veterans through improved telehealth services.
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
Date: 07/2016
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Colonoscopy Access and Utilization - Rural Disparities in the Carolinas, 2001-2010
Describes the geographic distribution of colonoscopy providers, the utilization rate for colonoscopies in urban and rural populations, and the influence of the availability of colonoscopy providers on patients when seeking care in their local area for North and South Carolina using ambulatory surgery discharge data for colonoscopies from 2001-2010.
Author(s): Jan M. Eberth, Michele Josey, Tushar Trivedi, et al.
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Date: 07/2016
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Wisconsin Rural Health: Healthy Hospitals. Healthy Communities.
A video promoting the strengths and benefits of rural hospitals in the state, including interviews with hospital CEOs and managers. Originally presented at the Wisconsin Rural Health Conference.
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Hospital Association
Date: 07/2016
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2016 Financial Leadership Summit Report: Strategies for Rural Hospitals Transitioning to Value-based Purchasing and Population Health
Provides rural hospital administrators key strategies to meet the challenges of the changing healthcare environment. Includes discussion on alternative payment models, the impact of market forces, successful examples and lessons learned, and offers information for the development of tools supporting hospitals and networks as they transition to value-based purchasing and population health.
Author(s): Mark Chustz, et al.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
Date: 07/2016
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Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015: Ensuring Successful Implementation of Physician Payment Reforms
Recording of a July 13, 2016 U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, discusses the input received from stakeholders and the resulting focus on patient first, physician driven, collaborative care. He also emphasizes the need to support small, rural practices and those in underserved areas to achieve success.
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Finance
Date: 07/2016
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Estimate the Annual Economic Impact of an Independent Rural Health Clinic
Study featuring two scenarios, the first exploring average economic employment and labor income impacts of an independent rural health clinic, and the second looking at the same scenario without direct physician employment.
Author(s): Fred C. Eilrich, Gerald A. Doeksen, Cheryl F. St. Clair
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Works
Date: 07/2016
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Commission on Care: Final Report
Provides a comprehensive examination of how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), allocate funding support, and deliver healthcare to veterans in a variety of settings and geographic locations. The Commission on Care was established by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to examine access to healthcare for veterans.
Author(s): Commission on Care
Date: 06/2016
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Telehealth: Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes From Systematic Reviews
Provides a description of the state of science related to telehealth in an evidence map of systematic reviews identifying key areas for practice and policy decision-making using available evidence. Also creates a framework for assessing applications and implications of telehealth interventions, generates a summary of ongoing research, and provides information on what further research is needed.
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Date: 06/2016
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Looking Ahead: Rural-Urban Differences in Anticipated Need for Aging-Related Assistance
Findings brief using information collected through the 2011-2012 National Health Interview Survey, describing the degree to which rural and urban adults ages 40-64 anticipate that they may need help later in life, and where they expect they will find it. Features statistics with breakdowns by race or ethnicity, urban or rural location, insurance status, overall health quality, amount of anticipated need for assistance, and reported activity limitations.
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Date: 06/2016
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Key Facts in Rural Health: Looking Ahead: Rural-Urban Differences in Anticipated Need for Aging-Related Assistance
Fact sheet showing key findings from the 2011 and 2012 National Health Interview Surveys examining how rural and urban people ages 40-64 view their future need for help with daily activities.
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Date: 06/2016
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Surveillance Success Stories: The Fort Peck Indian Reservation
Describes a partnership between the National Native Children’s Trauma Center (NNCTC) and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to examine and compare data from healthcare providers and emergency services within the reservation and in surrounding Roosevelt County. The objective was to establish a baseline of understanding of suicidal behavior on the reservation in order to effectively apply their suicide prevention resources, and monitor individual cases to determine if their methods were successful.
Author(s): Richard A. van den Pol
Sponsoring organization: Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Date: 06/2016
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Prescribing Remedies for Georgia’s Medical Provider Shortage
An overview of Health Professional Shortage Areas in Georgia, with statistics and data by county for practitioner gaps. Includes suggestions for recruitment and retention such as increased medical education, workforce development, changes in scope of practice restrictions, increases in insurance coverage, and protection/support for current hospitals.
Author(s): Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
Date: 06/2016
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Health Literacy in Dentistry and Navajo Nation Community Health Representatives
A commentary about the work of community health representatives (CHRs) toward the improvement of health on the Navajo reservation, including oral health programs. Includes a general overview of CHRs and population health for American Indian/Alaska Native communities and the need for more education for CHRs.
Author(s): National Academy of Medicine
Date: 06/2016
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Colorado State Rural Health Plan 2016
A policy guide to address rural healthcare issues, and to measure improvement in rural healthcare in the state of Colorado as requested by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy from Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grantees.
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
Date: 06/2016
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The Reverend’s Revolution: A Kid-First Approach to Community Health
Features the work of Reverend Richard Joyner and the Conetoe Family Life Center, a North Carolina nonprofit focused on youth development and improving community health.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2016
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Hospital Compare Quality Measure Results for CAHs, Q2 2014 - Q1 2015
Discusses the reporting rates and performance of U.S. Critical Access Hospitals on CMS Hospital Compare quality measures. Includes data and statistics comparing inpatient and outpatient CAH participation, state rankings, process of care, median time to receiving care, and structural quality measures. Also includes links to state specific reports for 45 states.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Tami Swenson, Alex Evenson
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
Date: 06/2016
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National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Chartbook on Care Coordination
A summary of trends in Care Coordination from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) for 2015. Includes data and statistics by metropolitan statistical area with a focus on groups with disparities in care coordination regarding hospital and emergency department visits, discharge, readmission, use of ED for chronic health care and potentially avoidable hospitalizations. Also highlights the use of electronic health records and electronic exchange and how that affects care coordination and quality.
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Date: 06/2016
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MedPAC Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, 2016
Provides an overview of Medicare spending in addition to data on Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care provided through the Medicare program, and other payer liability. Examines settings of care, including rural specific provider sites, as they relate to spending, access to care, and profit margins. Compares rural to urban throughout.
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Date: 06/2016
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Disparities in the Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth in Rural Areas
Recording of a May 21, 2016 DataSpeak webinar. Topics addressed include trends in rural children's health, rural child mortality, and challenges facing American Indian children. Speakers included Janice Probst of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, Alana Knudson of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, and Steve Holve of Indian Health Service.
Author(s): Janice Probst, Alana Knudson, Steve Holve
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Date: 05/2016
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2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report: Chartbook on Access to Health Care
Summarizes and illustrates trends across measures of access to healthcare using data from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. Includes a chart displaying the distribution of trauma center utilization by geographic location.
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Date: 05/2016
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The Effects of Geographic Isolation and Social Support on the Health of Wisconsin Women
Results of a study of 113 people participating in the Wisconsin Rural Women’s Initiative from 2011-2013, measuring level of geographic isolation, overall health, and social support, using the validated Interpersonal Support Evaluation List.
Author(s): Sarah M. Tittman,Christy Harteau, Kirsten M. M. Beyer
Location: Wisconsin Medical Journal, 115(2), 65-69.
Date: 04/2016
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Older Americans Act
Official compilation of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended through P.L. 114-144, enacted April 19, 2016. Provides federal funding for programs that support services for older adults. Includes provisions to strengthen the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program and elder abuse screening and prevention efforts. Supports evidence-based programs, such as falls prevention and chronic disease self-management programs. Includes discussion of services to help rural older adults.
Date: 04/2016
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Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Quality Reporting Guide
A guide to assist Flex Coordinators and Critical Access Hospital staff who are working with the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) better understand the measure reporting process. Detailed information is provided on how to register for the reporting site, which measures are to be reported, and how to submit measures.
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
Date: 04/2016
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey
Provides state and county-level data on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Includes breakdowns by five levels of urban or rural county types.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
Date: 04/2016
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Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (Webinar Recording)
Recording of an April 2016 webinar on the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) model, featuring representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and two Practice Transformation Networks. Presentation slides are also available.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Date: 04/2016
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2016 Primary Care Needs Assessment
Report of the Maryland Primary Care Office to identify areas of focus for primary, dental, and mental healthcare and services. The overall needs of medically underserved areas and how state and federal funding and workforce resources can help people access primary care in those areas is also discussed.
Sponsoring organization: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Date: 03/2016
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Health Insurance Marketplaces 2016 Open Enrollment Period: Final Enrollment Report
Provides data, including rural status, that summarizes Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment activity for health insurance plans during the November 1, 2015 through February 1, 2016 enrollment period.
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Date: 03/2016
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2015 National Quality Healthcare and Disparities Report: Chartbook for Health Care for Blacks
Summarizes and illustrates trends in healthcare for the Black population associated with access to healthcare and the priorities of National Quality Strategy (NQS). Includes a comparison of the rural and urban Black population and discusses the high poverty rates for the Blacks in rural areas.
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Date: 02/2016
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Leveraging University-Community Partnerships in Rural Georgia: A Community Health Needs Assessment Template for Hospitals
Reports on a University of Georgia project where students and faculty conducted a community health needs assessment (CHNA) for a rural hospital. Provides detailed step-by-step description of the process used.
Author(s): Ayanna Robinson, Sabrina T. Cherry, Michelle Elliott, Marsha Davis, Grace Bagwell Adams
Location: Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 5(4), 365-372
Date: 2016
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2016 Nebraska Workforce Report
Report comparing healthcare workforce levels in all hospitals in the state versus Critical Access Hospitals only. Includes vacancy and turnover rates broken down by 5 districts across Nebraska, with particular focus on those healthcare professions with high rates of both.
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Hospital Association
Date: 2016
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2016 Areas of Unmet Health Care Need in Rural Oregon Report
Provides an explanation about the methods used to establish the Areas of Unmet Health Care Need report as required by the Oregon state legislature to help residents evaluate their healthcare delivery system. Criteria reviewed include hospital and road infrastructure, infant birth weight and mortality, quality of primary healthcare, preventable hospitalizations and the availability of primary healthcare providers.
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
Date: 2016
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The Two Georgias: Addressing Health Equity in Rural Georgia
A series of articles discussing health disparities between rural and urban Georgia. Includes sections devoted to literature reviews, qualitative research, population science, needs assessments, and public health practices. Topics range from rural hospital closure, access and use of EMS services, and teen pregnancy, to social determinants of health as connected to childcare programs.
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Public Health Association
Location: Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 5(4), 294-404
Date: 2016
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Fewer Than Half of WIC-Eligible Families Receive WIC Benefits
Examines the characteristics of families eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) who receive WIC benefits compared to those who do not. Includes information on rural versus urban families participating in WIC. Identifies nonparticipating WIC-eligible families that could be targeted for outreach.
Author(s): Kristin Smith
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
Date: 2016
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Aging Well in the 21st Century: Strategic Directions for Research on Aging
Outlines the priorities of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Goal F focuses on improving the health status of older adults in diverse populations, including rural older adults.
Sponsoring organization: National Institute on Aging
Date: 2016
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Advancing Health Equity for Native American Youth: Workshop Summary
Report of a roundtable workshop held in New Mexico that brought together leaders from a wide range of fields, including those in Native American healthcare, to address the need for greater visibility for the health disparities faced by tribal and indigenous populations, how to develop programs to address those disparities, and how to encourage support for Native American leaders to advance those programs. This workshop specifically focused on Native American youth, addressing such topics as suicide, the importance of grandparents in the lives and care of children, and the cultural resiliency of Native Americans to overcome trauma and disparities.
Author(s): Karen M. Anderson, Steve Olson
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Date: 2016
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Alcohol Use Patterns Among Urban and Rural Residents: Demographic and Social Influences
Analyzes the rates of alcohol use and alcohol use disorder (AUD) in urban and rural areas, and addresses the impact and the consequences of alcohol use on rural populations.
Author(s): Mark A. Dixon, Karen G. Chartier
Sponsoring organization: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Location: Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, 38(1), 69–77
Date: 2016
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