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Rural Health
Resources by State: State-by-state

Prescribing Practices of Rural Physicians Waivered to Prescribe Buprenorphine
Highlights a study on the prescribing practices of rural physicians with buprenorphine waivers, which allow them to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid used disorder. Findings are based on surveys of all rural physicians with a Drug Enforcement Administration prescription waiver. Breaks down data by physician specialty, practice type, and waiver type, among other factors.
Author(s): Holly A. Andrilla, Cynthia Coulthard, Davis G. Patterson
Citation: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(6) S3, S208-S214
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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The State of Senior Hunger in America 2016
Documents the rate of food insecurity among U.S. residents age 60 and over. Features demographics and characteristics of the senior population lacking access to sufficient food and shows state-level variation in food insecurity. Includes statistics with breakdowns by metro and nonmetro locations.
Additional links: Infographic
Author(s): James P. Ziliak, Craig Gundersen
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Feeding America, National Foundation to End Senior Hunger
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State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies
A summary of telehealth-related laws and reimbursement policies for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, using policy language available in each state as of April 2018. The primary focus of the report is Medicaid coverage for telehealth services but also includes references to state policies that require private insurer payment for the service. Interactive map allows results to be narrowed by state.
Additional links: 50 State Scan of Telehealth Reimbursement Laws and Medicaid Policies - Factsheet, Infographic, Interactive Map
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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NACRHHS Policy Brief on Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America
Webinar recording discusses the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) policy brief on the impact of suicide in rural areas. Features presentations from the NACRHHS Committee Chair and Executive Secretary, as well as a representative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and and a retired professor of social work at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 04/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Compass for Families: Head Start in Rural America
Report details the importance of Head Start programs to rural communities. Discusses the services Head Start provides for rural families, such as child care, connection to health services, and transportation, among others. Features county level data and rural-urban comparisons.
Author(s): Rasheed Malik, Leila Schochet
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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CAH Financial Indicators Report: Summary of Indicator Medians by State
Presents state and national median values of 22 financial indicators included in the CAH Financial Indicators Report. Indicators represent six domains: profitability, liquidity, capital structure, revenue, cost, and utilization. A description of each indicator is provided, and appendix shows median indicator values by state. Indicators are specifically designed to help CAHs compare their financial performance with other CAHs.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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The Geographic Variation in the Cost of the Opioid Crisis
Presents a study on the economic costs of the opioid crisis across the nation. Features state-by-state and county-level data on the monetary burden of opioid abuse on communities.
Author(s): Alex Brill, Scott Ganz
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Enterprise Institute
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Geographic Variation in the 2016 Profitability of Urban and Rural Hospitals
Findings brief describing differences in profitability of Critical Access Hospitals, other rural hospitals, and urban Prospective Payment Systems hospitals, with breakdowns by census region, census division, and state.
Author(s): George H. Pink, Kristie Thompson, H. Ann Howard, Mark Holmes
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic: A Workshop
Presentation recordings discusses the link between the opioid crisis and infectious diseases, such as HIV and HCV. Features state-by-state, county-level, and rural information, particularly in southern states.
Additional links: Agenda, Jody Rich: Correctional Health, Nickolas Zaller: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America
Date: 03/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic: A Workshop: The Geography of Infectious Diseases Related to the Opioid Epidemic
Presentation recording discusses infectious diseases co-occurring with the opioid crisis, specifically HIV and HCV transmission from injection drug use. Features a county-by-county data.
Author(s): Patrick Sullivan
Date: 03/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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