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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical services

A Guide for Enhancing Rural Emergency Medical Services
Offers guidance for implementation of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Provides strategies that can be employed to enhance rural emergency medical services.
Date: 2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Transportation Research Board
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Investigating Rural Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Infrastructure: A Developmental Methodology for Measuring the Availability of EMS Resources
Explores a potential indicator of EMS availability, Expected Annual Emergency Miles per Ambulance (EXAMB). Illustrates how EXAMB could be applied using ambulance availability data from five states: Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, and Wyoming. Includes policy and research recommendations.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): P. Daniel Patterson, Janice C. Probst, Charity G. Moore
Date: 08/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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A Synthesis of State Flex Program Plans 2003-2004
Describes trends in state activities for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program). Includes an overview and specific state examples for different aspects of the Flex program, including rural health planning, Critical Access Hospital designation, EMS, quality improvement, and health information technology.
Date: 05/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Highway Safety: Federal and State Efforts to Address Rural Road Safety Challenges
Identifies the factors contributing to rural road fatalities. Discusses federal and state efforts to improve safety and the challenges to making improvements in rural road safety.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Rural Health Research in Progress in the Rural Health Research Centers Program, 8th Edition
Describes the research and policy analysis projects underway in the Rural Health Research Centers Program of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Projects are arranged by topic, with indexes by funding source, center, and project title.
Date: 02/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Ambulance Services: Medicare Payments Can be Better Targeted to Trips in Less Densely Populated Rural Areas
Covers factors that affect ambulance costs per trip, how these factors vary across geographic areas, and how well Medicare payments account for geographic cost differences.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Rural Health Research In Progress in the Rural Health Research Centers Program, 7th Edition
Describes the research and policy analysis projects underway in March 2003 through the Rural Health Research Centers Program of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Date: 03/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Essential Research Issues in Rural Health: The State Rural Health Directors' Perspective
Focuses on the key issues confronting state rural health directors. The major research issues identified were workforce, mental health, EMS, telemedicine, and a lack of local data.
Author(s): Michael J. O'Grady, Curt D. Mueller, Gail R. Wilensky
Date: 03/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Access to Emergency Medical Services in Rural Areas: The Supporting Role of State EMS Agencies
Reports on a survey of state EMS directors regarding access to rural EMS, programs and initiatives by state EMS agencies that target rural and volunteer EMS providers, integration initiatives by rural EMS providers, issues in medical direction for rural EMS, and anticipated effects of the new Medicare fee schedule on rural EMS providers.
Author(s): Astrid Knott
Date: 02/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Presque Isle, Maine, September 9-11, 2001
Minutes from a National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services meeting addressing the following topics: an update from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, a report being prepared on the rural safety net, federal emergency medical services (EMS) activity, and Maine EMS services.
Date: 09/2001
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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