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Rural Health
Resources by State: Maryland

Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States
Shares strategies that states can use to reform their long-term services and supports (LTSS) framework, focusing on improving LTSS in two key areas: rebalancing LTSS to increase the proportion of LTSS provided in community-based settings, and integrating LTSS with physical and behavioral health services through managed care. Uses case studies to provide real-life examples of each strategy, and discusses rural-specific considerations throughout.
Author(s): Stephanie Anthony, Arielle Traub, Sarah Lewis, et al.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Catalyzing Medicaid-Public Health Collaboration to Reduce Childhood Obesity
Explains cross-sector interventions tested by five states - Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas - participating in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Innovations in Childhood Obesity Initiative. Each state profile highlights how Medicaid and public health agencies are using innovative approaches to address childhood obesity in their high-risk communities. The Texas initiative focuses on childhood obesity in the rural, low-income population along the U.S./Mexico border.
Author(s): Alexandra Maul, Stephen A. Somers
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Health Matters: Navigating an Enhanced Rural Health Model for Maryland
Details a report on the findings of a study of Maryland's healthcare delivery system in 5 rural counties and looks at the availability of providers, vulnerable populations, barriers to access due to lack of transportation, and full and partial closures of healthcare facilities. Presents various rural healthcare models as potential options for Maryland.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Technical Reports
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, University of Maryland School of Public Health
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Dental Access in Rural Maryland: Innovative Approaches to Care
Details a report on dental healthcare access in Maryland. Discusses statewide strategies and highlights 5 rural community organizations working to improve access to care.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maryland Rural Health Association
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Medicaid Payment and Delivery System Reform: Early Insights from 10 Medicaid Expansion States
Examines the evolution of payment and delivery system reform in ten states that expanded Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). States were chosen to provide diversity in size, location, urban/rural mix, and population demographics. Findings are based on a review of states' managed care policies and contracting documents, supplemented by interviews with senior Medicaid officials.
Author(s): Sara Rosenbaum, Sara Schmucker, Sara Rothenberg, Rachel Gunsalus, J. Zoë Beckerman
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Maryland Food Charter: A Roadmap to a Healthy and Sustainable Food System
Details values, goals, and recommendations of food system stakeholders throughout Maryland and encourages coordination and collaboration for a healthy, equitable, economically and environmentally sustainable food system. Includes recommendations for the five major food system sectors: production and processing, distribution, access, consumption, and recovery.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Institute for Public Health Innovation
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A Community Holding Hands to Bridge its Divide
Describes the actions taken and programs developed by the residents of Garret County, Maryland in response to the economic, cultural, and health challenges they face. Working together the Garret County residents have been able to provide scholarships to every high school graduate to attend community college for free, develop 700 affordable, low-income, mixed-income and workforce housing units, and more. Garret County is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health: A Compendium of Case Studies
Presents insights from nine communities across the U.S. that have successful hospital-community partnerships. Each case study provides a description of the community, background information on the partner organizations, and an overview of the impacts and lessons learned. Several case studies include rural communities, rural populations, and/or rural partner organizations.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Research & Educational Trust
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An Emerging Approach to Payment Reform: All-Payer Global Budgets for Large Safety-Net Hospital Systems
Examines the possibility of implementing global all-payer budgets in safety-net hospital systems throughout the U.S. Provides background on the all-payer model, and discusses the experiences of rural hospitals in Maryland and Pennsylvania, where current global budgeting demonstrations are ongoing.
Author(s): Joshua M. Sharfstein, Sule Gerovich, Elizabeth Moriarty, David Chin
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Appalachian Diseases of Despair
Presents mortality data on overdoses, suicides, and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis among people ages 15-64, from the 2015 Multiple Cause of Death database. Features statistics with breakdowns by region, Appalachian state, gender, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan location.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Erin Tanenbaum, Topher Hoffmann
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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