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Loss of Hospital-Based Obstetric Services in Rural Counties in the United States, 2010-2022
Infographic displaying data on the loss of hospital-based obstetric services in rural counties between 2010 and 2022. Compares changes in in-county hospital-based obstetric care by rural county type - micropolitan versus noncore - using data from the 2010-2022 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Surveys, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Provider of Services File, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Area Health Resources File.
Author(s): Katy B. Kozhimannil, Julia D. Interrante, Alyssa H. Fritz, Emily C. Sheffield
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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The Association of Travel Burden with Prenatal Care Utilization, What Happens after Provider-Selection
Analyzes the impact of travel burden on prenatal care (PNC) utilization. Utilizes 2015-2018 South Carolina Medicaid claims data to examine characteristics of birthing people, characteristics of PNC providers, and rural versus urban breakdowns of how travel burden is associated with PNC utilization.
Author(s): Songyuan Deng, Yuche Chen, Kevin J. Bennett
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 24, 781
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
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Community Paramedicine in Kansas: Policy Considerations for an Emerging Model of Care
Provides an overview of community paramedicine in Kansas, focusing on policies and practices that influence their sustainability. Includes examples of community paramedicine programs in other states and their impact on healthcare access in rural communities.
Author(s): Wyatt J. Beckman, Valentina Blanchard, Linda J. Sheppard
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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A Formative Evaluation to Inform Integration of Psychiatric Care with Other Gender-Affirming Care
Identifies challenges and opportunities associated with integration of gender-affirming psychiatric and primary care services for transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive (TNG) patients. Analyzes results of interviews with 11 TNG patients and 10 clinicians. Includes discussion of barriers to access and service delivery in rural areas.
Author(s): Teddy G. Goetz, Courtney Benjamin Wolk
Citation: BMC Primary Care, 25, 239
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
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Disruptors, Essential Services, and Reflections on a Career in Rural Health, with John Supplitt
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring John Supplitt, Senior Director of Rural Health Services for the American Hospital Association. Focuses on the importance of maintaining rural essential services, along with insights from Supplitt's long career in rural health.
Date: 07/2024
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Can ERAS Help Reduce Health Disparities and Overcome Barriers to Equitable Surgical Care in Marginalized Communities?
Discusses the value of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) protocols in rural and marginalized communities. Identifies barriers to access and proposes strategies to increase equity. Highlights aspects of ERAS implementation including pediatrics, health literacy, communication with patients and among providers, telehealth, and more.
Author(s): Chirag Ram, Ruoying Li, Andrew D. Franklin, et al.
Citation: Journal of Pediatric Surgery Open, 7, 100141
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
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Digital Navigation Toolkit
Provides links to resources to support digital health navigators, individuals who aid community members with connectivity, devices, and digital skills and facilitate access to healthcare.
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps Meeting Agenda, June 25-26, 2024
Agenda and meeting materials for the June 25-26, 2024 meeting, including workgroup reports and presentations on school mental health resource and training centers, school-based health centers in greater Cincinnati, and integration of behavioral health services in school-based primary care clinics.
Additional links: Integration of Behavioral Health Services in School-Based Primary Care Clinics, Meet Your School Mental Health Resource & Training Center, School-Based Health Centers In Greater Cincinnati
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps
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Telehealth Trends and Hypertension Management Among Rural and Medicaid Patients After COVID-19
This study examines trends in primary care utilization and hypertension management among adults who visited Dartmouth Health System in 2017-2018 and 2022. Compares changes in synchronous and asynchronous primary care utilization and effective control of elevated blood pressure by rurality and Medicaid enrollment before and during the COVID-19 pandemic through 2022.
Author(s): Matthew Mackwood, Oleksandra Pashchenko, Christopher Leggett, et al.
Citation: Telemedicine and e-Health, 30(6), e1677-e1688
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
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Healthcare Spending among Diverse Populations with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: A Claims-Based Analysis
Examines healthcare spending and utilization among commercially insured Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD) patients. Explores the impact of race and ethnicity, poverty, and urban/rural status on annual spending among ADRD patients by analyzing data from the FAIR Health National Private Insurance Claims between January 2016 and December 2023, along with demographic and socioeconomic data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Includes data on the probability of ADRD patients using different care venues and the average and expected amounts allowed within each venue based on sociodemographic characteristics.
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: FAIR Health
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