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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

2000 Update: Frontier Counties in the United States
Describes the development of a definition of "frontier" by the Frontier Education Center and a group of frontier providers and policy experts. Statistics based on the 2000 U.S. Census regarding the number of frontier counties, and land and population distributions are included.
Date: 2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Geography of Frontier America: The View at the Turn of the Century
Discusses the definition of frontier. Provides an overview of frontier issues, including health care resources, land ownership, and the frontier economy.
Date: 01/2000
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Frontier: A New Definition
Discusses the definition of frontier, based on population density, distance to the closest market for services, and travel time. Also describes the process by which this definition was developed. Includes a matrix that can be used to determine frontier status.
Date: 04/1998
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Frontier Extended Stay Clinics (FESC) Demonstration
An overview of a completed CMS demonstration that looked at an enhanced clinic model in frontier areas to address the needs of seriously ill or injured patients who cannot be transferred to a hospital, or who need monitoring and observation for a limited period of time.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration (FCHIP)
An overview of a CMS demonstration to develop and test new models of integrated, coordinated health care in the most sparsely-populated rural counties with the goal of improving health outcomes and reducing Medicare expenditures.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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PubMed Search: Frontier Rural Health Services
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of rural health services in frontier areas.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Defining the Frontier
Describes all of the major definitions of frontier and remote areas currently in use.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Demonstration
Describes the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) demonstration including the project purpose, legislation, eligible states, partners, and program contacts.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Frontier Extended Stay Clinics (FESC)
Describes the Frontier Extended Stay Clinic (FESC) program including the legislation, definition, project timeline, participants, early findings, and program contact information. The demonstration ended in April 2013.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Frontier News
Features posts by the National Center for Frontier Communities relating to news, updates, and jobs as they relate to frontier health.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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