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A Closer Look at the Final Nursing Facility Rule and Which Facilities Might Meet New Staffing Requirements
Summarizes new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services's (CMS) nurse staffing requirements for nursing facilities outlined in the April 22, 2024, final rule. Analyzes Nursing Home Compare data from April 2024, which reflects nursing home staffing levels from December 2023, to explore the percentage of facilities that meet each of the new nurse staffing requirements. Presents data by nursing ownership status, rural and urban location, special focus facility status, and state.
Author(s): Priya Chidambaram, Alice Burns, Tricia Neuman, Robin Rudowitz
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: KFF
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State of the U.S. Health Care Workforce, 2023
Offers demographic data on a variety of health professions using 2021 data. Examines distribution, education and licensing, and projected shortages for the physician, nursing, and oral health fields. Describes challenges contributing to health workforce shortages. Highlights nonmetropolitan workforce shortages and state by state comparison of physician distribution.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2022 Data: Children
Fact sheet containing information on fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes involving children 14 years of age and younger. Includes statistics on child traffic fatality rates per 100,000 child population and fatality rates by age group from 2013-2022, passenger vehicle occupants by survival status, age group, and restraint use in 2022, driver's blood alcohol level in fatal crashes, and percentages of child pedestrian and child pedalcyclist fatalities with breakdowns by urban and rural location. Features tables with child fatalities by state and age group in 2022.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Telehealth Policies and Federally Qualified Health Centers, Spring 2024
Provides an overview of telehealth policies for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Covers originating and distance sites, reimbursement, services outside the four walls of the FQHC, and more. Includes a chart of FQHC Medicaid telehealth reimbursement eligibility policies by state.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Preventable Early Deaths in the United States, 2010-2022
Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Vital Statistics System data, offers state level rural and urban data for preventable deaths in people younger than 80. Death causes include unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Author(s): Macarena C. García
Date: 04/2024
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Using the Updated Financial Distress Index to Describe Relative Risk of Hospital Financial Distress
Describes the relative risk of rural hospitals and selected urban hospitals experiencing financial distress in 2023. Provides an overview of an updated Financial Distress Index (FDI), which incorporates variables reflecting changes to operational environments since the publication of the 2017 FDI to predict and analyze financial distress and risk of rural hospital closure. Presents data on the characteristics of hospitals by relative risk of financial distress in 2023 and the number of hospitals in each state across in category of relative risk of financial distress.
Author(s): Tyler Malone, George Pink, Kristie Thompson, Mark Holmes
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Locations and Characteristics of Pharmacy Deserts in the United States: A Geospatial Study
Classifies census tracts as pharmacy deserts or non-pharmacy deserts. Compares pharmacy desert and non-pharmacy desert areas by various social determinants of health and pharmacy characteristics including rurality. See the supplemental materials for state-by-state and rural/urban comparisons.
Author(s): Rachel Wittenauer, Parth D. Shah, Jennifer L. Bacci, Andy Stergachis
Citation: Health Affairs Scholar, 2(4)
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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CAH Financial Indicators Report: Summary of Indicator Medians by State
Presents state and national median values of 29 financial indicators included in the Critical Access Hospital Measurement and Performance Assessment System (CAHMPAS). Provides an overview of each measurement and reports median values by state. Indicators represent seven areas of financial performance: profitability, liquidity, capital structure, revenue, cost, utilization, and other.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Opioid Utilization Dashboard
Interactive map details Medicare beneficiaries using opioids, medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), and potentially dangerous combinations of other drugs with opioids by state with county-level data.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Quality Improvement Organization Program
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Ready or Not 2024: Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism
Report explores the readiness of state public health systems to respond to emergencies, such as diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism. Focuses on measures such as hospital safety scores, vaccination rates, and water system maintenance, among others. Includes rural considerations throughout.
Author(s): Matt McKillop, Rhea K. Farberman, Dara Alpert Lieberman
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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