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Resources by Topic: Health disparities

Medicaid & State Telehealth Policy – Medicaid Telehealth Policy & Substance Use Disorder
Webinar covering state and federal Medicaid telehealth policy for the treatment of substance use disorder (SUD). Offers an overview of telehealth, its expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic, and its application in SUD treatment with examples from Arkansas and Philadelphia. Also covers research on disparities in drug-related mortality and access to treatment during the pandemic. Captions are available by clicking "CC" at the bottom of the video pane.
Additional links: Presentation slide deck
Date: 06/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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White House Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis
Provides an overview of the maternal health crisis, including maternal mortality and morbidity disparities, and outlines investments and initiatives to address these issues. Presents goals and actions related to access to maternal and behavioral health services, improving data collection and policy, expanding and diversifying the maternal health workforce, and strengthening economic and social supports.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The White House
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Prevalence of Chronic Conditions by Sexual Orientation and Rural-Urban Location
Presents a study on the correlation between chronic health issues by sexual orientation and rurality. Breaks down rates of chronic diseases such as arthritis, high cholesterol, diabetes, and others by sexual orientation and rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Gilbert Gonzales, Megan Lahr, et al.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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48th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference
Offers an agenda and presentation slides from the 2022 Arizona Rural Health Conference. Covers a variety of topics including workforce issues, health disparities, community partnerships, and more.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Hospital Inpatient PPS and the Long-term Care Hospital PPS for FY 2023
Comments on a May 10, 2022, Federal Register proposed rule revising the hospital inpatient and long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment systems (PPS). Discusses proposals on rate-setting in both the inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) and LTCH PPS, promoting stability in the IPPS and LTCH PPS, creating a permanent supplemental payment for Puerto Rico and Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals, establishing a payment adjustment for domestic N95 respirators, adding new measures to the LTCH quality reporting program, and establishing overarching principles for measuring equity and health care quality disparities across CMS quality programs.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Life Expectancy by County, Race, and Ethnicity in the USA, 2000–19: A Systematic Analysis of Health Disparities
Examines county-level racial health disparities over a 20-year period by isolating geography and race/ethnicity in mortality rates. Utilizes death registration data from the U.S. National Vital Statistics System as well as population data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Includes U.S. maps that show county-level life expectancy by race/ethnicity and figures tracking state-by-state changes in life expectancy by race from 2000 to 2019. Free to download with registration.
Author(s): Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, Parkes Kendrick, Yekaterina O Kelly, et al.
Citation: The Lancet
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2020 Data: Passenger Vehicles
National data on traffic crashes involving passenger vehicles. Features statistics from 2011-2020 with breakdowns by vehicle type, time of day, fatalities, and state, among other measures. Includes breakdowns by rural and urban locations.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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2022 Scorecard on State Health System Performance
Evaluates state health systems on a state-by-state basis. Enables comparison between state health systems across 56 measures, such as access and affordability, prevention and treatment, and the impact of COVID-19, among others.
Author(s): David C. Radley, Jesse C. Baumgartner, Sara R. Collins
Date: 06/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Staving Off One's Mortality: Rural Kidney Health and Its Disparities
Describes rural disparities around access to disease-stabilizing treatment for kidney disease and to renal replacement therapies. Features insights from providers serving rural patients, as well as a rural kidney transplant recipient sharing her experience.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Care Professionals' Perspectives on Healthcare in Rural America
Presents results of a survey of over 10,000 healthcare professionals from December 2021 - March 2022. Explores the relationship between social determinants of health and providers' perceptions of health access, quality, and outcomes. Discusses providers' comfort levels, interest in, and perceptions of patient benefits from health technology. Compares survey results from rural and non-rural providers throughout.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Medscape, Walmart
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