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Resources by State: Iowa

New Models for Rural Post-Acute Care: Critical Access Hospitals Optimize Patient Outcomes, Value, and Financial Stability
Reports on the Transitional and Ventilator Care Model, which provided transitional Ventilator Care and increased utilization of swing beds in Critical Access Hospitals, helping them expand their service offerings, reduce readmissions, and improve their finances. Addresses the program's initial success and expansion to 11 CAHs in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Author(s): Mark Lindsay, Karl Palmer, Terry Hill, et al.
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Omaha, Nebraska, April 28-30, 2014
Provides a summary of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services meeting. Discusses challenges of the Affordable Care Act in rural areas, related marketplace and health insurance premiums research, and rural homelessness. Addresses some rural health challenges for Nebraska and Iowa.
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Rural Hospital System Transformation
Discusses how Mercy Health Network, a group of 28 hospitals in rural Iowa, improved system-wide performance by implementing a Lean methodology. Focuses on learning from outside the healthcare industry, identifying the appropriate leaders, and utilizing innovative approaches to do more with less.
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Medicaid Expansion and Section 1115 Waiver Demonstrations
Discusses provisions within Medicaid expansion and the section 1115 demonstration waivers approved, up until March 2014, that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) should be aware of, including those in rural areas.
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Supporting Iowa Rural Provider Capacity Through Community Care Coordination Teams
Overview of a collaborative effort between Medicaid and safety net providers establishing a community care coordination team pilot in Iowa in order to demonstrate success for implementation in other states. Offers to build provider capacity and improve quality of care in small and rural communities.
Author(s): Mary Takach
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Where Do Patients with Cancer in Iowa Receive Radiation Therapy?
Describes the concerns affecting access to cancer treatment in rural and urban areas in Iowa. Discusses travel times to reach radiation treatments based on 2004-2010 data from 103,603 patients.
Author(s): Marcia M. Ward, Fred Ullrich, Kevin Matthews, et al.
Citation: Journal of Oncology Practice, 10(1), 20-25
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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Access to Chemotherapy Services by Availability of Local and Visiting Oncologists
Identifies the significant factors associated with choice of provider, cancer treatment, and the travel time affecting access for rural residents in Iowa.
Author(s): Marcia M. Ward, Fred Ullrich, Kevin Matthews, et al.
Citation: Journal of Oncology Practice, 10(1), 26-31
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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Intergenerational Service Learning Program Improves Aging Knowledge and Expectations and Reduces Ageism in Younger Adults
Discusses a study evaluating the effects of the Living (Well Through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise (LIFE) Program, a program supporting holistic health and physical activity for older adults where younger adults take on the role of trainer.
Author(s): Sarah L. Francis, Jennifer A. Margrett, Kara Hoerr, et al.
Citation: Journal of Youth Development, 9(3)
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Iowa Rural Health Program Update 2014
Provides an overview of programs and funding supporting rural health programs in Iowa.
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Iowa State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Two VA Studies Examine the Effects of Home-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening and Telephone Follow-Up in a Rural State
Discusses two studies that examine home-based colorectal cancer screening in rural veterans who might otherwise have to travel a long distance for screening. Reports that the screening could be incorporated into practices of small rural and remote clinics and into the proactive approaches being adopted by the VA patient-aligned care teams.
Author(s): Mary E. Charlton, Michelle A. Mengeling, Thorvardur R. Halfdanarson, et al.
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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