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Characteristics of Hospital Stays Involving Malnutrition, 2013
Reports national estimates of malnutrition during non-maternal and non-neonatal hospital inpatient stays in 2013, with information for six different categories of malnutrition. Includes data by location of patient residence for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Audrey J. Weiss, Kathryn R. Fingar, Marguerite L. Barret, et al.
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Date: 09/2016
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Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States—State Estimates Supplement: National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2013-2014
Companion report to "Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States: Data From the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2013-2014." Provides state-level estimates of topics covered in Appendix B of that report, including providers by geographical area and organizational characteristics, staff types, service types, and user characteristics.
Author(s): M. Sengupta, R. Valverde, J.P. Lendon, V. Rome, C. Caffrey, L. Harris-Kojetin
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
Date: 09/2016
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Polypharmacy and Health-Related Quality of Life Among US Adults With Arthritis, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2010-2012
Results of a study of 6,132 adults with arthritis, to determine the relationship between treatment with prescription drugs from 6 or more drug classes and health-related quality of life. Features demographic statistics with breakdown between urban and rural areas of residence.
Author(s): Abdulkarim M. Meraya, Nilanjana Dwibedi, Usha Sambamoorthi
Date: 09/2016
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Rural Farmers Market Promotes Food Security
A discussion of food insecurity and access to healthy foods, with a focus on how regional farmers markets are helping to solve those challenges. Includes examples in Michigan as well as information about how farmers markets can partner with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Author(s): Allee Mead
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2016
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Network Board Development Guide
Designed to assist rural health networks in their efforts to establish, maintain, and improve the effectiveness of their board of directors. Offers suggestions in the areas of improving governance, member recruitment, meeting management, ethics, and legal requirements.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
Date: 09/2016
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Overall Declines in Child Poverty Mask Relatively Stable Rates Across States
Reports on rates of child poverty in 2015 and changes since 2014. Includes data by region and state for rural, suburban, and urban areas. Finds that child poverty levels have dropped to 2009 pre-recession levels in rural areas, but remain above that in all other areas.
Author(s): Andrew Schaefer, Jessica A. Carson, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
Date: 09/2016
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Telemedicine Penetration and Consultation Among Rural Trauma Patients in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Departments in North Dakota
Discusses the use of telemedicine in rural Critical Access Hospital emergency departments in North Dakota and how the availability of those services changed outcomes for trauma patients. Includes data and statistics regarding use.
Author(s): Nicholas M. Mohr, Karisa K. Harland, Elizabeth Chrischilles, et al.
Sponsoring organization: Rural Telehealth Research Center
Date: 09/2016
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Using Area Health Education Centers to Promote Interest in Rural Practice
Examines the relationship of third-year medical students participating in AHEC-sponsored family medicine clerkships in a rural primary care setting and their interest in working in rural areas after graduation, and compares the same relationship between third-year medical students participating in non-AHEC-sponsored family medicine clerkships.
Author(s): Jennifer Taylor, Sarah Goletz
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 16, 3934
Date: 09/2016
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Intervention, Treatment, and Prevention Strategies to Address Opioid Use Disorders in Rural Areas: A Primer on Opportunities for Medicaid-Safety Net Collaboration
A guide designed to assist state Medicaid directors, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders who work to reduce opioid addiction. Includes descriptions of successful state initiatives implemented to reduce deaths due to overdose, and improve access to quality care for rural, low-income individuals experiencing opioid addiction. Provides an infographic displaying the prevalence and increase of substance abuse disorder in the U.S.
Author(s): Chiara Corso, Charles Townley
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
Date: 09/2016
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Electronic Capabilities for Patient Engagement among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals: 2012-2015
Data brief regarding how hospitals can and do provide health information in electronic format to their patients. Includes data and statistics for Critical Access Hospitals as well as trends in the availability and sharing of information electronically between facilities.
Author(s): JaWanna Henry, Yuriy Plypchuk, Vaishali Patel
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Date: 09/2016
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The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015
Provides estimates of poverty for the official poverty measure and the supplemental poverty measure, which takes into account government programs that support low-income families. Tables 2 and 6 provide data for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
Author(s): Trudi Renwick, Liana Fox
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
Date: 09/2016
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Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2015
Provides statistics on health insurance coverage in 2015 and also focuses on changes between 2014 and 2015, as well as changes between 2013 and 2015. Tables 5 and A-5 list statistics for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Based on data from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
Author(s): Jessica C. Barnett, Marina Vornovitsky
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
Date: 09/2016
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Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015
Reports on income levels and the number of people in poverty for 2014 and 2015, along with the percent change from 2014 to 2015. Includes statistics for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas (see Table 1 and Table 3). Based on data from the 2016 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
Author(s): Bernadette D. Proctor, Jessica L. Semega, Melissa A. Kollar
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
Date: 09/2016
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Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables
Provides data on illicit drug, alcohol, tobacco use, substance abuse disorder, and access to substance abuse treatment for youths 12 – 17 and adults 18 or older. Topics include measures on mental health illness, services utilization, depression, and the co-occurrence of mental disorders with substance abuse. Data is provided in a variety of demographic and geographic characteristics.
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Date: 09/2016
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Household Food Security in the United States in 2015
Reports on household food security, food expenditures, and use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs in 2015. Includes food insecurity statistics for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
Author(s): Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Christian A. Gregory, Anita Singh
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
Date: 09/2016
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EMS Leaders Speak
Five experts discuss emergency medical services in a changing rural healthcare delivery system. Topics addressed include EMS challenges and potential opportunities, such as community paramedicine and telehealth.
Author(s): Kevin McGinnis, Diane Calmus, Don Wood, Tom Nehring, Gary Wingrove
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2016
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State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative Evaluation: Model Test Year Two Annual Report
Second annual report detailing the findings of CMS's State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative, which tests the ability of the governments in six states - Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Vermont, and Oregon - to accelerate health system transformation in the areas of delivery systems, payment models, information technology, workforce development, and more. Presents results from the second of three planned site visits to the states, including interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Connections made throughout to issues specifically affecting rural healthcare.
Author(s): RTI International
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Date: 08/2016
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Population Health Strategies of Critical Access Hospitals
Provides examples of population health strategies developed by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from 8 different rural communities that have significantly contributed to the improvement of population health and the health of their community.
Author(s): John Gale, Andrew Coburn, Karen Pearson, Zachariah Croll, George Shaler
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
Date: 08/2016
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Rural-Urban Differences in Insurer Participation for Marketplace-Based Coverage
Policy brief examining differences between rural and urban counties in terms of the number of Federally Facilitated Marketplace insurers available to consumers in 2015 and showing variation in the composition of insurers serving counties, focusing on five insurers and ownership status. Features statistics with breakdowns by number of insurers in rural and urban counties, group affiliation, and ownership status.
Author(s): Jean Abraham, Coleman Drake, Jeffrey S. McCullough, Kosali Simon
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Date: 08/2016
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Report to Congress: E-health and Telemedicine
Report regarding the current state of e-health and telemedicine after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Includes current policy challenges, discussion of federal level telehealth activity, and a legislative proposal for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date: 08/2016
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Geographic Variation in Health Insurance Marketplaces: Rural and Urban Trends in Enrollment, Firm Participation, Premiums, and Cost Sharing in 2016
A webinar discussing how geographic location influences the implementation and success of health insurance marketplaces as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specific focus on the impact in rural areas. Includes data and statistics about COLAs, premium rates, firms participating, and Medicaid expansion. Presentation slides and transcript are also available.
Author(s): Timothy D. McBride, Abigail R. Barker, Leah Kemper, Keith Mueller
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
Date: 08/2016
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Fentanyl Law Enforcement Submissions and Increases in Synthetic Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths - 27 States, 2013-2014
Reports on drugs testing positive for fentanyl. Provides information on synthetic opioid-involved deaths other than methadone, including fentanyl deaths. For 27 states with death certificate reporting of drugs involved in overdoses, provides data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Author(s): R. Matthew Gladden, Pedro Martinez, Puja Seth
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 65(33), 837-843
Date: 08/2016
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A Work in Progress: Building Wisconsin's Future Physician Workforce
A report in response to "100 New Physicians a Year: An Imperative for Wisconsin", which focused on the need for recruitment and retention of physicians. This report updates the previous and provides projections for future workforce needs. Includes workforce data and statistics by county.
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce
Date: 08/2016
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Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse (Policy Brief)
Presents the findings from the discussions of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services with rural residents, healthcare providers, and stakeholders regarding the impact and effects of opioid use disorders on rural families. Topics addressed include drug overdose and death, conflict with partners and children, emotional disturbance, adverse health risks, and related impacts on employment and economic sustainability.
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: 07/2016
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Alternative Models to Preserving Access to Emergency Care (Policy Brief)
Explores proposals to maintain timely access to emergency and other basic healthcare services in rural communities that may not be able to support a full-service hospital. Identifies models of care and various ideologies for the Secretary and the Department of Health and Human Services to consider when evaluating policy options for an alternative model of care in rural communities.
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: 07/2016
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APNP Hospitalists: Sustainability of Rural Hospitals
Video of a meeting at Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith, WI. The discussion focuses on how Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber Hospitalists can help to sustain rural hospitals as a solution to workforce challenges. Hosted by Charisse Oland, CEO, Rusk County Memorial Hospital. Length: 3:41:21
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Date: 07/2016
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Pennsylvania State Health Improvement Plan 2015-2020
Multi-year strategic plan for the state, developed with the help of stakeholders in healthcare. Provides an outline of health concerns in Pennsylvania and goals for addressing them. Specific discussion of park and recreation needs in rural communities, Rural Health Clinics, and Rural Training Track programs.
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Health
Date: 05/2016
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The Communities That Care Coalition Model for Improving Community Health through Clinical-Community Partnerships: A Population Health Case Report
Discussion paper featuring a community coalition in rural western Massachusetts focused on supporting youth well-being and reducing youth substance abuse. Describes the initiative and the partners involved, including clinicians and public health.
Author(s): National Academy of Medicine
Date: 05/2016
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Serving Special Populations: Rural Areas - Fast Facts for Assisters
Fact sheet providing a quick overview of best practices that enrollment assisters in rural areas can use to enhance their education and outreach efforts. Also includes some background information on rural healthcare consumers, rural specific statistics, and barriers to coverage rural residents often face.
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date: 04/2016
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Virginia’s Physician Assistant Workforce: 2015
Survey results for the state of Virginia regarding all aspects of the physician assistant workforce including background, current employment, residency programs, job turnover, demographics, income, and primary role. Includes data and statistics broken down by metro, non-metro, and rural counties.
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
Date: 04/2016
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Virginia’s Optometrist Workforce: 2015
Survey results for the state of Virginia regarding all aspects of the optometrist workforce including background, current employment, residency programs, job turnover, demographics, income, and primary role. Includes data and statistics broken down by metro, non-metro, and rural counties.
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
Date: 04/2016
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Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant--Marshall Islands: FY 2016 Application/FY 2014 Annual Report
A description of the status and activities of the Marshall Islands' maternal and child health programs. Includes data on financial, program, and performance measures.
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Date: 03/2016
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Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant--Northern Mariana Islands: FY 2016 Application/FY 2014 Annual Report
A description of the status and activities of the Northern Mariana Islands' maternal and child health programs. Includes data on financial, program, and performance measures.
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Date: 03/2016
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Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant--Palau: FY 2016 Application/FY 2014 Annual Report
A description of the status and activities of Palau's maternal and child health programs. Includes data on financial, program, and performance measures.
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Date: 03/2016
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Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant--Virgin Islands: FY 2016 Application/FY 2014 Annual Report
A description of the status and activities of the Virgin Islands' maternal and child health programs. Includes data on financial, program, and performance measures.
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Date: 03/2016
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Virginia’s Pharmacist Workforce: 2015
Survey results for the state of Virginia regarding all aspects of the pharmacist workforce including background, current employment, residency programs, job turnover, demographics, income, and primary role. Includes data and statistics broken down by metro, non-metro, and rural counties.
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
Date: 03/2016
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2010-2015 South Dakota Primary Care Needs Assessment
Identifies and discusses the potential areas of priority activities to be undertaken by the South Dakota Primary Care Office (PCO) supporting healthcare access in South Dakota’s rural and medically underserved communities. All counties are scored and ranked using a series of health status, health access, and risk behavior indicators.
Sponsoring organization: South Dakota Office of Rural Health
Date: 03/2016
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Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Measures
Chart outlining the required and optional MBQIP measures for the grant cycle beginning in fiscal year 2015. Measures are broken down into four domains: patient safety, patient engagement, care transitions, and outpatient.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
Date: 03/2016
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Factsheet: Rural and Small Hospitals
Fact sheet and position statement from the American Hospital Association identifying key legislation and policy priorities for rural and small hospitals, with a particular focus on Critical Access Hospitals.
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
Date: 02/2016
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2016 Broadband Progress Report
Reports on broadband deployment in the United States, with information specific to broadband access in rural and tribal communities. Discusses the role of broadband in healthcare. Provides maps showing rural broadband deployment and includes state and county-level broadband access data.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
Date: 01/2016
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Health Professions Education Programs: Preparing the Next Generation of Health Professionals for the Nation's Changing Needs
Overview of the Title VII and Title VIII health professions federal programs designed to train providers in interdisciplinary settings to meet the needs of special and underserved populations, as well as increase minority representation in the health care workforce.
Sponsoring organization: Association of American Medical Colleges
Date: 2016
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A Feasibility Study of Home-Based Contingency Management with Adolescent Smokers of Rural Appalachia
Reports on a study evaluating a home-based smoking cessation intervention program utilizing the Internet to determine the viability and effectiveness for rural adolescents.
Author(s): Brady Reynolds, Millie Harris, Stacey A. Slone, etc.
Location: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 23(6), 486-493
Date: 12/2015
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Factsheet: The 340B Drug Pricing Program
Brief outline of the 340B drug pricing program, including the official policy positions of the American Hospital Association.
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
Date: 11/2015
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2015 Binational Border Health Research Forum Report
Summarizes an October 21, 2015 meeting of the Binational Border Health Research (BHR) Forum to develop a binational health research agenda for the United States-México border region. Topics discussed include chronic degenerative diseases, infectious diseases, and maternal and child health; mental health, addictions, violence, accidents, and injuries. Includes recommendations and suggestions to improve and support research and human resource capacity.
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
Date: 10/2015
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Which Rural and Urban Hospitals Have Received Readmission Penalties Over Time?
Evaluates the rural-urban differences in the proportion of hospitals that receive penalties under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Readmission Reduction Program, and compares the specific health condition risk-adjusted readmission rates by rural and urban location.
Author(s): Peiyin Hung, Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Date: 10/2015
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