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Colorado Drug Death Rate Tops U.S. Average
Analyzes county-level estimates for drug overdose death rates in Colorado using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
Date: 02/2016
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QuickStats: Percentage of Children and Adolescents Aged ≤17 Years Whose Usual Place of Sick Care is a Clinic or Health Center, by Race/Ethnicity and Metropolitan Status of Residence - National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2014
Chart showing the percentage of children who typically go to a clinic or health center when sick, as opposed to a doctor's office or the emergency room. Identifies children by race/ethnicity and metro/non-metro status. Analysis did not include children without a usual place of sick care.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 65(4), 99
Date: 02/2016
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Report to Congress on Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments
First annual report on Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, which provide support to safety-net hospitals to help offset uncompensated care costs for Medicaid and uninsured patients. Discusses Medicaid policy, current and future DSH allotments, and data needs. Table B-3 projects FY2018 DSH payments under different scenarios, with data for urban and rural hospitals and for Critical Access Hospitals.
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
Date: 02/2016
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Patients’ Experiences in CAHs: HCAHPS Results, Q2 2014 - Q1 2015
Results of the April 2014-March 2015 Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey of reporting rates and performance in Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. Includes data broken down by state, national ranking, and links to state specific reports.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Peiyin Hung, Alex Evenson
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
Date: 02/2016
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A Brief Evaluation of a Project to Engage American Indian Young People as Agents of Change in Health Promotion Through Radio Programming, Arizona, 2009-2013
Results of a study in which 37 American Indian people aged 10-21 were recruited and trained in broadcasting and creative writing techniques, to enable them to produce and air 3 radio dramas which promoted physical activity and healthy food choices.
Author(s): Tara M. Chico-Jarillo, Athena Crozier, Nicolette I. Teufel-Shone, Theresa Hutchens, Miranda George
Date: 02/2016
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Pilot Testing a Rural Health Clinic Quality Measurement Reporting System
Policy Brief with results of a study focusing on assessing the feasibility and utility of the reporting system and quality measures for 61 participating Rural Health Clinics in 6 states. Includes statistics related to core measures and their perceived value as well as challenges or barriers to their use.
Author(s): John Gale, Anush Hansen, David Hartley, Andrew Coburn
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
Date: 02/2016
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Nonresponse Bias in Estimates From the 2012 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
An analysis of potential nonresponse bias in 2012 NAMCS estimates of physicians and visits to physicians. Includes data comparing metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and non-MSA response rates.
Author(s): Esther Hing, Iris M. Shimizu, Anjali Talwalkar
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
Date: 02/2016
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Health Equity in New Mexico, 10th Edition
Highlights the leading health disparities in rural and urban New Mexico for state organizations and agencies to use as a resource in the development and implementation of evidence-based programs that will advance health equity.
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
Date: 01/2016
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Prediction of Financial Distress among Rural Hospitals
Analyzes financial risk among rural hospitals across geography to inform policies aimed to prevent negative health impacts on residents due to loss of healthcare access.
Author(s): Brystana Kaufman, Regina Rutledge, George Pink, Mark Holmes
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
Date: 01/2016
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Increases in Acute Hepatitis B Virus Infections - Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, 2006-2013
Reports on increased rates of hepatitis B infections in three Appalachian states, particularly among injection drug users and in non-urban areas.
Author(s): Aaron M. Harris, Kashif Iqbal, Sarah Schillie, James Britton, Marion A. Kainer, Stacy Tressler, Claudia Vellozzi
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 65(3), 47-50
Date: 01/2016
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Medical Transportation Service is a Lifesaver for Rural Missourians
Shares the stories of two Missouri veterans who rely on the HealthTran non-emergent transportation service to access healthcare. Provides an overview of how the service meets the needs of rural residents.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2016
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Community Health Workers: Roles and Opportunities in Health Care Delivery System Reform
Identifies and discusses health services research on the utilization and integration of Community Health Workers (CHWs) into healthcare service delivery applicable to U.S. policymakers. Includes an analysis regarding the various CHW models, employment data, training and credentialing, and challenges associated with the development of this occupation.
Author(s): John E. Snyder
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Date: 01/2016
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Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and Cost-Sharing Policies as of January 2016: Findings from a 50-State Survey
Provides a detailed overview of state policies related to Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). Covers policies related to eligibility, enrollment, renewal, and cost-sharing, which have undergone significant changes as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Discusses efforts to streamline enrollment and renewal via technology upgrades.
Author(s): Tricia Brooks, Sean Miskell, Samantha Artiga, Elizabeth Cornachione, Alexandra Gate
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
Date: 01/2016
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USDA Rural Development 2015 Progress Report
Highlights the investments USDA Rural Development has made to promote community and economic development including the support for healthcare facilities and the support for projects that impact the health and safety of rural Americans. Provides state-by-state statistics on the total amount of funding for each of the USDA-RD programs. Includes information on USDA-RD funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Western Pacific.
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
Date: 01/2016
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Montana Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Consultation, October 20, 2015: Executive Order Establishing an Office of American Indian Health and the Use of State Appropriation for American Indian Youth Suicide Prevention
A report summarizing the results of a meeting with tribal council members, tribal health directors, urban Indian Health Center directors, and Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services regarding the development of a state Office of American Indian Health. Topics discussed include Indian health disparities, health concerns, and youth suicide in Indian country. Also provides recommendations regarding opportunities for the improvement of Indian health.
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
Date: 01/2016
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Geographic Variation in Risk of Financial Distress among Rural Hospitals
Discusses the geographic variation in the number of rural hospitals predicted to be at high risk for closure as assigned by the Financial Distress Index (FDI) model. The FDI model uses existing hospital financial performance, government reimbursement, and organizational and market characteristics to determine risk levels associated with financial distress.
Author(s): Brystana Kaufman, Regina Rutledge, George Pink, Mark Holmes
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
Date: 01/2016
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Health Insurance Marketplaces: Geographic Variation in Premiums, Choices, Enrollment Across the U.S., 2014-2016 and Impacts on Health System
Provides an overview of health insurance enrollment characteristics with rural and urban comparisons using data reported by federally-facilitated marketplaces and state-based marketplaces. Topics covered include the cost of premiums, rate of premium growth, enrollment data of eligible uninsured persons, and the effect of the Affordable Care Act on uninsured adults. Slides from a presentation at the Rural Hospital Interest Group Meeting in January 2016.
Author(s): Timothy D. McBride, Abigail R. Barker, Leah Kemper, Keith Mueller
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Date: 01/2016
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Physical Activity-Related Policy and Environmental Strategies to Prevent Obesity in Rural Communities: A Systematic Review of the Literature, 2002-2013
Synthesizes evidence from U.S. and Canadian studies, looking at Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention (COCOMO) physical activity strategies implemented in rural communities. Identifies strategies relevant to rural communities.
Author(s): M. Renee Umstattd Meyer, Cynthia K. Perry, Jasmin C. Sumrall, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 13(03)
Date: 01/2016
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NACRHHS Webinar: Mortality and Life Expectancy in Rural America
Slides from a January 28, 2016 webinar that examined increasing mortality and decreasing life expectancy in rural America, highlighting findings from a report from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Recorded audio from the webinar is available through February 28, 2016 by calling 800.331.1963, passcode 1816.
Author(s): Ronnie Musgrove, Wayne Myers, Curt Mueller, Alana Knudson, Jocelyn Richgels
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: 01/2016
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Hospitalizations for Overdose of Pain Medication and Heroin
Presents information on hospitalizations in Pennsylvania for overdoses of pain medication and heroin between 2000 and 2014. Includes data for rural and urban counties.
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
Date: 01/2016
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SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
Includes facts for community members, essential steps for first responders, information for prescribers, safety advice for patients and family members, and resources for overdose survivors and their families.
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Date: 01/2016
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The State of Health in Rural Colorado
An overview of Colorado's rural healthcare delivery system. Includes a variety of indicators related to rural population health, healthcare workforce, and access to care. Also identifies programs underway in the state to address rural health barriers.
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
Date: 2016
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Grantee Directory: Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Grant Program, 2015-2018
Provides contact information and brief overviews of the ten initiatives funded under the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling grant program in the 2015-2018 funding cycle. The program purpose is to expand outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured individuals and families and the newly insured in rural communities.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Date: 2016
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Required Billing Updates for Rural Health Clinics
Guidance for Rural Health Clinic billing related to inclusion of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Requirements are effective April 1, 2016.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Location: MLN Matters, MM9269
Date: 2016
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Thriving Community, Thriving State
Highlights variation in access rates between rural and urban areas of Indiana.
Author(s): Sue Burow
Sponsoring organization: Indiana University Public Policy Institute
Date: 12/2015
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Availability of Healthy Food Products at Check-out Nationwide, 2010–2012
Describes types of food and beverage products available at check-out lanes in 8,617 food stores in 468 communities in the United States. Includes statistics with breakdowns by type of product, type of store, median household income of shoppers, and urban, suburban, or rural location of stores.
Author(s): Dianne C. Barker, Christopher M. Quinn, Leah Rimkus, C. Mineart, Shannon N. Zenk, Frank J. Chaloupka
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Date: 11/2015
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Prepared Foods Sold in Supermarkets, Grocery Stores, and Convenience Stores
Explores availability of prepared, ready-to-eat foods in stores in 317 communities across 42 states. Includes statistics with breakdowns by percentage of stores offering healthy or less healthy prepared foods, location of stores in high-poverty or low-poverty areas and urban or rural areas, and by predominant racial/ethnic composition of communities.
Author(s): Shannon N. Zenk, Lisa M. Powell, Zeynep Isgor, Leah Rimkus, Dianne C. Barker, Frank J. Chaloupka
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Date: 11/2015
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Improving Access to Surgical Care in Rural America: An Interview with J. David Richardson
Explores the need for local access to surgical facilities, the importance of creating awareness among the leaders of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the ways in which the ACS can help improve access.
Author(s): Mark W. Puls
Location: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 100(10), 34-38
Date: 10/2015
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Evaluation of the Frontier Community Health Care Coordination Network Grant
A policy brief that analyzes the effectiveness of using community health workers as community healthcare coordinators during a 3 year period (2012–2015) in frontier Montana. Includes recommendations to other communities that may consider implementing this model. Project was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Frontier Community Health Care Network Coordination (FCHCNC) grant program.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Date: 09/2015
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Healthy Alaskans 2020
Describes 75 evidence-based strategies to support and improve the 25 leading health improvement goals identified by the Health Alaskans 2020, a statewide health initiative. Includes activities currently in progress and other activities recommended but not funded, and identifies organizations advocating for the health of Alaskans.
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Date: 07/2015
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2013 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison
Contains statistics on motor vehicle fatal crashes based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Provides a rural/urban comparison using boundaries determined by state highway departments and approved by the Federal Highway Administration.
Date: 07/2015
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An Overview of the Patient-Centered Medical Home for Rural Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Stakeholders
Summary of a project designed to prepare rural stakeholders to participate in comparative effectiveness research (CER), obtain baseline information to learn more about patient-centered medical homes from a rural perspective, select an area in need of CER, and create channels for sharing those results.
Author(s): University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Center for Children and Families
Date: 05/2015
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