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Resources by Topic: Healthcare business and finance

Rural/Urban Disparities in Pneumococcal Vaccine Service Delivery Among the Fee-for-Service Medicare Population
Describes a study to identify disparities in vaccine provision to people ages 65 and over, and to assess the impact of pharmacies as alternate site providers in rural areas. Includes statistics on pneumococcal vaccine services provided by fee-for-service pharmacies and primary care providers, with breakdowns by rural and urban frequency, and a state-level map with rate of service delivery per eligible population, using 2014 data.
Author(s): Jeffery C. Talbert, Aric Schadler, Patricia R. Freeman
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Hearing on the Opioid Crisis: Removing Barriers to Prevent and Treat Opioid Abuse and Dependence in Medicare
Presents a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on the opioid crisis. Focuses specifically on addiction treatment and prevention efforts to protect older Americans who rely on Medicare.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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Reforming Biopharmaceutical Pricing at Home and Abroad
Discusses federal policy changes within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Medicare and Medicaid programs that could help lower domestic drug prices and encourage more robust price competition. Includes a discussion of potential changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program and the resulting impacts for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Disproportionate Shares Hospitals (DSHs), and other providers.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Council of Economic Advisers
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Rural Health Care Costs: Are They Higher and Why Might They Differ from Urban Health Care Costs?
Explores issues surrounding healthcare costs and investigates differences between rural and urban expenditures. Includes statistics on Medicare fee-for-service expenditures in 2014 with breakdowns by metropolitan and non-metropolitan status.
Author(s): Dunc Williams, Mark Holmes
Location: North Carolina Medical Journal, 79(1), 51-55
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
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Distance and Networks: A Regional Analysis of Health Insurance Marketplaces
Examines whether Rating Area design and network adequacy standards have contributed to the level of success of Health Insurance Marketplaces in rural areas in terms of enrollment and affordability. Uses 2015-2016 data from 15 Midwestern states, on participation, premiums, and enrollment success.
Author(s): Abigail R. Barker, Alena R. Wheeler, Leah M. Kemper, Timothy D. McBride, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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2018 OPPS Medicare Part B Payment Impact Analysis
Examines how changes to the CY 2018 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) will impact hospitals' net Part B payments. Discusses the payment reduction for drugs purchased through the 340B Program and how the reduction will affect rural and urban hospitals. Includes a state-by-state analysis of aggregate impacts.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Avalere
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Rural Innovation Profile: Affiliation Partners Sought to Prepare Small Hospital for Value-Based Care
Details how Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in Grinnell, Iowa, followed a robust due diligence process to seek affiliation partners and prepare for participation in risk-based reimbursement models. GRMC is a 49-bed private, non-profit medical center that serves six rural counties in Iowa.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Young Rural Healthcare Leaders Share Experiences and Insights
Interviews with four Critical Access Hospital leaders under the age of forty, who share their experiences helping their facilities and communities. They also offer advice to others interested in rural hospital leadership. Interviewees include Benjamin Anderson, CEO of Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kansas; Melissa Kelly, CEO and CFO of Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska; Stephanie Orr, CNO at Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon, Idaho; and Adam Willmann, CEO and President of Goodall-Witcher Hospital Authority in Clifton, Texas.
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Nebraska Network Hospitals & CAHs
A list of the network hospitals for each Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Nebraska, and the date each hospital received CAH designation.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Hospital Association
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Rural Hospital Closures
Webinar recording discusses rural hospital closures across the U.S. Details the various causes of closures and the effect this has on healthcare access in rural communities, as well as possible solutions for preventing rural hospital closures. Features presentations from representatives of the NC Rural Health Research Program, the Episcopal Health Foundation, and the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Webinar Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 01/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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