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New Resources Identified in the Past 30 Days:

Added May 10, 2024

Risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Receipt of a Breathing Test in 26 States and the District of Columbia, 2017–2018
Examines prevalence of having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), having risk factors for COPD, and receiving a breathing test according to corresponding risk level. Analyzes 2017-2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data from 26 states and the District of Columbia, with breakdowns according to sex, race/ethnicity, education, and large central metro, large fringe metro, medium metro, small metro, micropolitan, or rural (noncore) location.
Author(s): Kathleen B. Watson, Janet B. Croft, Anne G. Wheaton, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 21
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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Rural Research Brief: Creating A Better Understanding of Farmworker Communities and Their Housing Conditions
Examines the legal, cultural, and geographic determinants that impact housing for farmworkers and their families. Focuses on farmworker demographics, economic characteristics, housing challenges, programs aimed at improving housing, and potential policy solutions.
Author(s): Manda LaPorte
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Added May 9, 2024

Coming to Terms with Housing and Homelessness in Rural Places with Jess Huff, Erin Carreon, and Mallory VanMeeter
Podcast episode discussing rural youth homelessness. Covers challenges to identifying, counting, and providing services for rural homeless teens; the role of community support services; the long-term impacts of homelessness; and how rural communities can address and prevent youth homelessness.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Impact! Communications, Inc.
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Fatal Overdoses Among Vermont Residents
Offers data on overdose deaths in Vermont through 2023 including drug types, manner of death, trends over time, demographic characteristics, and policy measures. Includes county-level data in Appendix 1 and 2.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Vermont Department of Health
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Added May 8, 2024

2022 Quality Payment Program Experience Report
Reports on the clinician experience for those participating in the Quality Payment Program in 2022. Presents data on Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility and participation rates for clinicians in small practices and rural areas, mean and median final scores for 2022 and 2024 payment adjustments, and payment adjustment trends from 2019 through 2022.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Illinois Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report
Examines maternal morbidity and mortality in Illinois between 2018 and 2020. Identifies statewide patterns in maternal health and discusses factors that influence maternal health outcomes and disparities. Explores data by demographics, including race, age, and rural county residence. Presents policy recommendations aimed at preventing maternal morbidities and mortalities.
Additional links: Summary
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Department of Public Health
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Markup of H.R. 8261, H.R. 7931, H.R. 8245, H.R. 8244, H.R. 8235, and H.R. 8246
Recording of a May 8, 2024, House Ways and Means Committee markup of six bills regarding rural health. Legislation covers the extension of telehealth flexibilities, location requirements for Critical Access Hospitals in mountainous areas, the rural nursing home and physician workforce, and Rural Emergency Hospital eligibility.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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Primary Care Providers' Experiences Treating Opioid Use Disorder Using Telehealth in the Height of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presents a study of the experiences of primary care providers who used telehealth for opioid use disorder treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Draws on the insights of participants from rural and urban counties in Kentucky and Arkansas and compares the experiences of rural and urban providers.
Author(s): Sarah Alexandra Marshall, Lachan E. Siebenmorgen, Nickolas Zaller, et al.
Citation: Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 15
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Quality Payment Program (QPP) 2022: Participation and Payment Results At-a-Glance
Provides an overview of the results of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2022 performance year. Highlights the percentage of small and rural providers receiving negative, neutral, and positive payment adjustments for 2024.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Added May 7, 2024

2024 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Report detailing the current state of the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Funds. Discusses Medicare expenditures as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and makes short and long-range sustainability projections based on variable economic, demographic, and healthcare trends. Also explains the actuarial methods used to calculate the estimates. Includes information on Medicare payment policy updates since the 2023 report.
Additional links: Tables and Figures
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Board of Trustees, Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
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