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North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation (CoP) Checklist
Provides a checklist for establishing a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in North Dakota. Details the required documentation, policies, and information needed by the state survey team to meet the CAH certification standards.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Critical Access Hospital: 2024 National Patient Safety Goals
Identifies National Patient Safety Goals for the Joint Commission's Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program. Covers patient identification, caregiver communication, medication safety, infection prevention, suicide prevention, and more. Effective January 1, 2024.
Additional links: Simplified Version
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Revisions and Deletions Related to the Standards Simplification Project: Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Accreditation Program
Outlines Joint Commission accreditation requirements for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that are above and beyond the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and will be combined, revised, or deleted effective August 27, 2023. Covers the information management; medication management; National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG); and provision of care, treatment, and services chapters, among others.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Access to Maternity Providers: Midwives and Birth Centers
Provides an overview of the role of certified nurse-midwives and birth centers in Medicaid and how beneficiaries use these services. Describes policy issues and barriers to expanding access to midwives and birth centers, including payment policies; contracting with managed care organizations; licensure, certification, and accreditation; scope of practice; and limited supply. Includes rural considerations throughout.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Office for the Advancement of Telehealth Grantee Directory, 2022-2023
Provides contact information and brief overviews for 72 initiatives across eight grant programs administered by the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth in the 2023 funding year.
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
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Reach and Adoption of a Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program in the United States
Examines geriatric emergency departments receiving either Level 1, 2, or 3 Geriatric Emergency Department accreditation by March 1, 2021. Shows rural and urban locations of accredited facilities as well as their distribution compared to the U.S. population aged 65 and older. Also lists care processes available at accredited facilities.
Author(s): Maura Kennedy, Adriane Lesser, Juhi Israni, et al.
Citation: Annals of Emergency Medicine: An International Journal 79(4), 367-373
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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Graduate Medical Education: Programs and Residents Increased During Transition to Single Accreditor; Distribution Largely Unchanged
Examines the number of graduate medical education (GME) programs and the number of residents in GME programs between the 2014-2015 and 2019-2020 academic years. Describes changes in the number, specialty or subspecialty, and geographic distribution of GME programs and their residents.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Healthcare Professionals' Mental Health Needs: Where Can They Go?
Provides an overview of the mental health needs of healthcare providers and the barriers to accessing care. Features the work of physician health programs, professional societies, state licensure boards, and other groups to help ensure providers' mental health needs are addressed. Discusses the impact of provider wellness on patient safety and healthcare quality.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Taney County Health Department: Accreditation and Holding to a Higher Standard
Describes how Missouri's Taney County Health Department has used voluntary national and state accreditation to help meet their county's public health needs. Offers tips for other rural public health departments considering accreditation.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Understanding Rural Health Departments: Do They Have Unique Accreditation Needs?
Discusses how governance, organizational size, and other factors impact rural local health departments' ability to pursue voluntary accreditation.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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