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Added January 17, 2019

Access to Rural Maternity Care
Policy paper describing obstetric care for rural women in the U.S. Covers challenges to providing access to rural maternity care, such as healthcare quality, birth outcomes, workforce shortages, access, and financial challenges. Includes discussion on policy alternatives and considerations to address workforce issues, barriers to practicing obstetrics in rural areas, and increasing access to maternity care services.
Author(s): Britta Anderson, Adam Gingery, Maeve McClellan, et al.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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California’s Behavioral Health Services Workforce is Inadequate for Older Adults
Describes gaps in California's behavioral health workforce that serves older adults and offers recommendations for addressing them. Highlights the impact of the Workforce Education and Training (WET) funding on the state's public mental health system. Discusses the behavioral health needs of older adults, the number and distribution of the state's behavioral health workforce, and workforce challenges, particularly for rural areas.
Author(s): Janet C. Frank, Kathryn G. Kietzman, Alina Palimaru
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
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New Mexico Selected Health Statistics Annual Report 2017
Provides county-level health statistics for the state of New Mexico. Covers population estimates by age group and race/ethnicity, birth rate by mother's race/ethnicity, and mortality by age group.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Opioid Prescribing Rates in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties Among Primary Care Providers Using an Electronic Health Record System — United States, 2014–2017
Examines opioid prescribing rates among primary care providers for six urban-rural classification categories of counties, before and after the March 2016 release of CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
Author(s): Macarena C. García, Charles M. Heilig, Scott H. Lee, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 68(2), 25-30
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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To Oversee or Not to Oversee? Lessons from the Repeal of North Carolina’s Certificate of Public Advantage Law
Describes North Carolina's experience with its Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) statute, which provided the state oversight on hospital mergers that could support continued access to care, particularly in rural areas. Focuses on the impact of the statute's repeal. Compares differences in North Carolina's COPA to Tennessee and Virginia's COPA laws, discussing the implications for rural populations.
Author(s): Erin C. Fuse Brown
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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Added January 16, 2019

Addressing the Burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Rural America
Discusses the burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and its impact on rural America. Covers rural risk factors for COPD and healthcare disparities influencing rural COPD patients' ability to access care. Discusses ongoing federal COPD programs and offers policy recommendations and considerations to improve access to COPD care and treatments for individuals living in rural areas.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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AKVDRS Suicide Death Update - Alaska, 2012-2017
Details a study on the suicide death rate in Alaska from 2012-2017. Features rates for American Indian and Alaska Native, by substance use, and by region.
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 1
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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Seat Belt Use in 2018 - Overall Results
Compares seat belt use from 2017 to 2018. Details usage by region, traffic type, and by rural versus urban areas.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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What Is New for RHCs in 2019?
Lists changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policies related to Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Includes updates to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, coverage for virtual communication services, an increase of the RHC Medicare Upper Payment Limit, and an increase in Chronic Care Management reimbursement.
Author(s): Nathan Baugh
Date: 01/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Added January 15, 2019

Assessing the Unintended Consequences of Health Policy on Rural Populations and Places
Explores health policies that have affected, or could potentially have affected, rural people, places, and providers, in ways that ran counter to policy intent. Examines 6 historical health policies and their effect on rural health systems. Includes a framework for analyzing policy impact on rural populations and places.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Charlie Alfero, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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