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Resources by Topic: Access

Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Payment Webinar: Community Transformation Track
Presentation slides from a January 21, 2021, webinar on Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track. Discusses the track's key concepts and payment policies as well as how capitated payments will be calculated throughout the duration of the model.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Telehealth After COVID-19: Clarifying Policy Goals for a Way Forward
Examines how telehealth may be used to improve healthcare quality, reduce costs, improve access to care, and meet other policy objections. Presents recommendations for telehealth policy after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Lori Uscher-Pines, Monique Martineau
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness
A roadmap for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and coordinating the national response across all federal departments and agencies. Centered around seven goals addressing mitigation, vaccination, and other key areas. Goal 6 focuses on protecting those most at risk and advancing equity across racial, ethnic, and rural/urban lines. Includes information on rural and tribal issues throughout, including addressing vaccine hesitancy and access to vaccines in hard-to-reach communities.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The White House
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Barriers to Health Care Access for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries: Recommendations from Rural Health Clinics
Presents findings from an online survey of Rural Health Clinics, describing barriers for Medicare patients in accessing healthcare services. Includes recommendations for improving access to care for rural Medicare beneficiaries.
Author(s): Megan Lahr, Carrie Henning-Smith, Adrita Rahman, Ashley M. Hernandez
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Child Maltreatment 2019
Reports on rates of children receiving child protective services, children who died of abuse and neglect, and children who are victims of maltreatment using data collected from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Offers information on availability and access to child protective services at the state and territory level, including how some counties respond to child abuse and neglect screenings, referrals, and the provision of services.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Serving High Need/High Cost Patients in the Emergency Department
Provides an overview of high-need/high-cost (HNHC) patient program design, implementation, operation, and assessment for rural hospitals to improve participant health, reduce emergency department (ED) visits, and decrease hospital charges. Includes links to additional resources and HNHC patient program case studies.
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney, Christopher Stamy
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Federal COVID-19 Testing Report: Data Insights from Six Federal Health Care Programs
Provides a detailed look at testing data from February-August 2020, from programs sponsored by the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Office of Personnel Management. Intended to help policymakers develop and refine their testing efforts related to cost effectiveness, testing availability for at-risk populations, and sufficiency of data to inform testing efforts.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, U.S. Department of Justice
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Con Alma Health Foundation: Health Equity and COVID Relief
An interview with Dolores E. Roybal, executive director of Con Alma Health Foundation, sharing how this New Mexico foundation partnered with other funders to provide almost $2 million in grants and created an advisory committee of immigrant-led, immigrant-serving organizations to address barriers limiting access to services.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Care Transformation Toolkit
Provides an overview of common approaches and best practices Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) utilize to improve healthcare quality, lower healthcare costs, and enhance patient experiences. Describes ACO programs designed to use telehealth to expand access to care and improve efficiency, support high-risk beneficiaries through home visits, and provide timely access to skilled nursing care through Medicare waivers. Discusses lessons learned, options available to ACOs, and possible implementation challenges.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Mathematica
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Viral Hepatitis National Strategic Plan for the United States: A Roadmap to Elimination 2021-2025
Functions as a comprehensive roadmap for federal and other stakeholders to decrease and ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis cases, prevent new infections, and enhance treatment and care in the U.S. Provides information on Hepatitis A, B, and C, including the number of reported and estimated cases from 2010-2018, current challenges, priority populations, and more.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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