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Resources by Topic: Emergency department and urgent care services

Understanding the Role of the Rural Hospital Emergency Department in Responding to Bioterrorist Attacks and Other Emergencies: A Review of the Literature and Guide to the Issues
Overview of bioterrorism preparedness issues facing rural hospitals, including physical capacity, sufficiency of health personnel, preparedness plans, disease surveillance systems, and communication/coordination. Detailed review of the literature, with discussion.
Author(s): Claudia L. Schur
Date: 04/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Emergency Department Use by Medically Indigent Rural Residents
Reports findings from a study of emergency department (ED) use to estimate uncompensated charges to rural EDs and the impact of Federally Qualified Health Centers on ED use by rural residents. Includes data on ED visit and patient characteristics by rural and urban location for the nation and for South Carolina.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Kevin Bennett, Janice C. Probst, Charity G. Moore, Judith A. Shinogle
Date: 07/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Estimates of Emergency Department Visits in the United States, 2016-2020
Interactive table displaying both counts and rates of emergency department visits from 2016-2020 for the 10 leading primary diagnoses and reasons for visit. Data can be stratified by patient and hospital characteristics, including being in a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or non-MSA.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Telehealth Best Practice Guides
Library of guides offering information and resources related to telehealth billing, strategy, and implementation. Topic areas include behavioral healthcare, chronic conditions, maternal health, and school-based services.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Virginia Department of Health Data Commons
Tool providing opportunities to explore current data insights in Virginia regions, communities, or neighborhoods. Features the Virginia State Office of Rural Health's seven priority metrics, to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the overall health and well-being of Virginia's rural communities.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health
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2020 New Mexico Emergency Department Data Annual Report
Reports on 2019 New Mexico emergency department (ED) visits by hospital, acute and chronic condition, diagnosis, and rates by age, sex, and race/ethnicity, for each of the five health regions. Includes map to show all counties within these regions.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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HCUP Summary Trend Tables
Provides a series of data files on monthly hospital utilization data derived from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) and HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) beginning in January 2017. Includes state-by-state data on hospitalizations due to COVID-19, influenza, and other respiratory conditions; normal newborns and deliveries; non-elective stays admitted through emergency departments; and elective inpatient stays. Contains information on urban-rural locations of the hospital and patient residence.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model
Provides information on a CMS model that permits ambulance care teams to use alternate models of emergency healthcare, such as telehealth treatment and transport to alternative destinations, to improve quality and lower costs of care. Rural Medicare-enrolled suppliers or hospital-based ambulance providers without current medical dispatch and/or telehealth are eligible to participate.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CDC COVID Data Tracker
Provides access to maps, charts, and data from the CDC on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and issues related to COVID-19. Includes data on vaccinations, cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for each county and cases and deaths nationally for metropolitan compared to nonmetro counties. Includes metro/nonmetro data on vaccination levels, nationally, by state, and by county. Also includes rural, suburban, and urban data on vaccine confidence, nationally and by state. Also covers many other topics at the state and national level, including vaccination, testing, and more.
Additional links: COVID-19 Integrated County View, COVID-19 Vaccination Equity (Metro/Nonmetro), Trends in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the United States, by County-level Population Factors, Trends in COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in the US
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Emergency Department Transfer Communication
Provides an overview of the Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC) quality measure for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP). Offers a data specifications manual and training video, as well as Excel-based data collection tools, manual, and training video. Includes a technical expert panel summary and final summary report.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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