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Resources by Topic: Access

Characteristics of the Remaining Uninsured: An Update
Compares characteristics of people who lacked health insurance in March 2015 with those of people who remained uninsured as of March 2017. Uses data from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements, including socioeconomic and demographic characteristics and insurance eligibility, with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Author(s): Linea J. Blumberg, John Holahan, Michael Karpman, Caroline Elmendorf
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Urban Institute
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Strengthening the Workforce to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Areas
Highlights rural workforce initiatives related to maternity and childbirth services and discusses strategies to improve rural pregnancy outcomes. Features a training program at a Critical Access Hospital in Alaska and a rural OB-GYN residency program in Wisconsin.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
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Telepsychiatry Program: Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
Describes the development, impact, lessons learned, and future goals of a telepsychiatry program designed to provide behavioral healthcare services to children in rural Nebraska.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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California Physician Supply and Distribution: Headed for a Drought?
Describes the physicians in California as of 2015, including number, practice activities, demographics, and geographical distribution. Uses data from the Medical Board of California's survey for relicensure and a voluntary supplemental survey. Includes recommendations for maximizing physician resources in rural and underserved areas.
Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Margaret Fix, Michelle Ko
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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Making Connections Rural Health Series
Describes multiple components influencing rural health, including: access to care, the built and natural environment, education, health insurance, technology, rural economics, and system perspectives. Supplements the Understanding the Rural Landscape Learning Module. Focuses on addressing challenges rural communities faces with innovative solutions.
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Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Veterans' Experiences with the Veterans Choice Program
Podcast discusses a survey of veterans' experiences with the Veterans Choice Program and compares their evaluation to the previous Community Care Program.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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It’s an Addiction Crisis: Across Minnesota, the “Opioid Crisis” Is so Much More than Just Opioids
Details the opioid crisis in the state of Minnesota. Includes statistics on overdose deaths and treatment admissions for alcohol, heroin, methamphetamine, and other opiates. Covers hospital addition costs and workforce issues posing a barrier to access in rural areas. Reviews three rural community models working to address substance abuse.
Author(s): Marnie Werner
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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The Special Registration for Telemedicine: In Brief
Describes a proposed policy, as a means to address the opioid crisis, requiring providers who use telemedicine to complete a special registration process to increase access to telemedicine services, including the remote prescribing of medicine for substance abuse or mental health treatment. Covers special registration requirements and the seven categories under the practice of telemedicine authority recognized by the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Community Health Center Chartbook
Features graphs, figures, and maps to document services provided by health centers, characteristics of the patients served, and progress made in improving access to healthcare, including in rural areas. Also reports on health centers' financial health, workforce status, economic impact, remaining challenges, and more. Includes statistics on telehealth service offerings with breakdowns by urban or rural status.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Availability of Respiratory Care Services in Critical Access and Rural Hospitals
Policy brief describing availability of respiratory therapy and therapists in Critical Access Hospitals and in urban and rural Prospective Payment System hospitals. Includes statistics with breakdowns by hospital type and rural or urban location.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Alex Evenson, Ira Moscovice, Zhengtian Wu
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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