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Rural Health
Resources by State: Kentucky

Rural Hospitals: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Describes the conditions facing rural hospitals and their communities contributing to the high rate of rural hospital closure. Discusses state and federal legislation, policies, and programs developed to support rural hospitals. Provides data for 15 Southern states including their state and rural populations, percentage of population uninsured, Medicaid expansion status, percentage at high financial risk, and number of rural hospital closures.
Author(s): Nick Bowman
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments
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Characterizing the Rural Opioid Use Environment in Kentucky Using Google Earth: Virtual Audit
Presents a study on the reliability of using Google Earth to track physical environment data correlating with rural opioid use. Examines data drawn from 5 rural counties in Kentucky using Google Earth between 2017 and 2018.
Author(s): Natalie Danielle Crawford, Regine Haardöerfer, Hannah Cooper, et al.
Citation: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(10), e14923
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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Russell County Hospital Listens to their Community to Improve Transitions of Care
Highlights quality improvement activities underway at a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in rural Kentucky. Discusses community collaboration efforts, expansion of specialty services, renovations, a focus on staff satisfaction, and care coordination activities.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Effective Communication and Consistency in Increasing Rural Vaccination Rates
Discusses barriers to vaccination in rural areas and strategies to improve vaccination rates. Features efforts in a Louisiana Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and in rural Kentucky high schools that are increasing vaccination rates.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Work Requirements in Kentucky Medicaid: A Policy in Limbo
Highlights a study on the effects of Kentucky's proposed work requirement policy for Medicaid. Examines the awareness of the policy among the public and its effect on employment and healthcare coverage. Details participants' age, marital status, and whether they live in a rural or urban area.
Author(s): Joy Madubuonwu, Lucy Chen, Benjamin D. Sommers
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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How Will Medicaid Work Requirements Affect Hospitals' Finances?
Examines the potential financial impact of approved or pending Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration waivers that include work requirements on hospitals in 18 states. Includes a section on the potential impact on rural hospitals' operating margins. Updates a March 2019 report of the same title covering 13 states.
Author(s): Randy Haught, Allen Dobson, Joan DaVanzo
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Medicaid Expansion in Texas: Potential Economic and Employment Implications
Compares the findings of a survey of low-income adults in Texas – a non-expansion Medicaid state – with the findings from surveys of low-income populations living in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana – states having expanded Medicaid to assess the economic impact on their families and their state.
Author(s): Lucy Chen, Joy Madubuonwu, Caroline Pecos-Duarte, Benjamin D. Sommers
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Report of Recommendations: Appalachian Regional Commission's Substance Abuse Advisory Council
Report outlines the recommendations of the ARC's Substance Abuse Advisory Council on designing and implementing a substance abuse recovery system in rural Appalachia. Details the need for workforce training and employment via support services post-treatment.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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A Change-Management Approach to Closing Care Gaps in a Federally Qualified Health Center: A Rural Kentucky Case Study
Case study focused on application of the proactive office encounter (POE) model to understand how a rural Appalachian Kentucky Federally Qualified Health Center implemented changes to improve delivery of preventive care services, close care gaps, and reduce health disparities among patients.
Author(s): Angela L. Carman, Robin C. Vanderpool, Lindsay R. Stradtman, Emily A. Edmiston
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Mercy Health - Marcum and Wallace Hospital Invests in Swing Bed Program
Highlights the Marcum and Wallace Hospital's work to implement the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project recommendations with the goal of expanding the swing bed program to reduce readmission rates. Marcum and Wallace Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in Irvine, Kentucky.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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