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Resources by Topic: Health reform

Reforming America's Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition
Describes how state and federal laws, regulations, guidance, and policies affect choice and competition in healthcare markets, and offers recommendations for improvement. Includes rural-relevant issues such as scope of practice, workforce mobility, and telehealth.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Practice Rurality of Family Physicians Enrolled in a Practice Transformation Network
An analysis of the enrollment of small and rural practices in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), supporting nationwide, collaborative and peer-based learning, to determine if a greater proportion of rural practices are enrolled in Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) than are found among non-enrolled practices. In addition, the analysis includes the enrollment of family physicians across states and PTNs. Rural Urban Commuting Area (RUCA, version 2.0) codes were used to determine rurality. TCPI enrollment variation within rural practices is discussed.
Author(s): Robert L. Phillips, Elizabeth M. Bishop, Lars E. Peterson, et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 31(6), 952-956
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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Why Are the Health Insurance Marketplaces Thriving in Some States but Struggling in Others?
Analyzes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's HIX Compare dataset and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' 2010 Supplemental Health Care Exhibit Report to identify factors explaining differences in issuers' participation in state insurance marketplaces. Features statistics including the number of insurers participating in states in 2017, with breakdowns by mean state population and rural population as percent of total state population.
Author(s): Jon R. Gabel, Heidi Whitmore, Sam Stromberg, Matthew Green
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Affordable Care Act & Medicaid Reform in Wisconsin: Enrollment and Coverage Trends, Plans and Premiums Chartpack
Provides an overview of the impact of federal healthcare and Medicaid reform for Wisconsin residents. Discusses trends for health insurance coverage and Medicaid, and describes health insurance plans and premiums. Covers data on health insurance plan selection in 2018 by rural and non-rural.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
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Care Redesign Survey: Lessons Learned from and for Rural Health
Explores similarities and disparities between healthcare in rural and urban or suburban areas, and discusses barriers to delivering excellent care in rural areas. Based on survey responses from 730 members of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council.
Author(s): Amy Compton-Phillips, Namita Seth Mohta
Citation: NEJM Catalyst
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative Models 2-4: Year 5 Evaluation & Monitoring Annual Report
Shares findings from an evaluation of Models 2, 3, and 4 of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, linking provider payments for an episode of care with the goal of decreasing cost of care while improving quality. Includes information specific to rural BPCI-participating hospitals.
Author(s): The Lewin Group, Abt Associates, GDIT, Telligen
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Insuring Rural America: Health Insurance Challenges and Opportunities - Webinar
Provides a webinar recording discussing the economic factors affecting the lack of health insurance options in some rural areas. Focuses on the impact of small risk pools and network adequacy and policy options to address these issues.
Additional links: Slides
Author(s): Timothy McBride, Abigail Barker
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Association of State Medicaid Expansion With Rate of Uninsured Hospitalizations for Major Cardiovascular Events, 2009-2014
Results of a study to investigate whether rates of uninsured hospitalizations for cardiovascular events and in-hospital mortality varied by Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion at the state level. Features statistics including demographics with breakdowns by rural or urban/suburban location.
Author(s): Ehimare Akhabue, Lindsay R. Pool, Clyde W. Yancy, Philip Greenland, Donald Lloyd-Jones
Citation: JAMA Network Open 1(4)
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Health Insurance Marketplaces: Issuer Participation and Premium Trends in Rural Places, 2018
Assesses changes in average Health Insurance Marketplace plan premiums from 2014-2018, with an emphasis on the variation across rural and urban areas. Includes statistics on premium increases by population density of rating area, distribution of insurance issuers by percentage of counties, rurality, and Medicaid expansion, and rural and urban average adjusted premiums by Medicaid expansion status.
Author(s): Abigail R. Barker, Lindsey Nienstedt, Leah M. Kemper, Timothy D. McBride, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Medicaid Income Eligibility Transitions Among Rural Adults
Research and policy brief examining the extent to which incomes of rural and urban residents shifted above or below the Medicaid expansion eligibility threshold during 2010. Features statistics with breakdowns by expansion and non-expansion states, rural or urban location, and starting income as a percent of federal poverty level.
Author(s): Erika Ziller, Deborah Thayer, Jennifer D. Lenardson
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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