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Resources by Topic: Healthcare facilities

CARES Act Telehealth Expansion: Trends in Post-Discharge Follow-Up and Association with 30-Day Readmissions for Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Health Conditions
Provides an overview of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) and examines the impact of expanded Medicare payment for telehealth services on post-discharge follow-up and hospital readmissions for HRRP conditions. Describes trends in post-discharge follow-up before and after the telehealth expansion and compares trends by health condition, sociodemographic characteristics, and follow-up method.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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"It's the Relationships": Q&A with Peggy Broussard Wheeler
An interview with Peggy Broussard Wheeler, Vice President of Policy at the California Hospital Association. Covers the challenges rural hospitals face during the pandemic, health equity efforts, workforce issues, and more. Discusses how rural hospitals work together to address concerns.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Distressed Minnesota Community Hospitals, 2019
Explores the characteristics of financially distressed hospitals in Minnesota. Presents data by hospital type, including Critical Access Hospital designation and rural status.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Rural Hospitals that Closed between 2017‐20: Profitability and Liquidity in the Year Before Closure
Examines the pre-closure profitability and liquidity performance of 56 rural hospitals that closed between January 2017 and August 2020. Compares this data to the median performance of rural hospitals that remained open each year.
Author(s): Andrew S. Osgood, George H. Pink
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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An Enhanced Method for Identifying Hospital-Based Obstetric Unit Status
Results of a study using data from American Hospital Association annual surveys from 2010-2018 to conduct single- and multi-year assessments of obstetric unit status and to identify closures of obstetric units. Compares results obtained through the enhanced method with results of a survey sample of rural hospitals with obstetric units open at the time of the assessment and those with recently closed units.
Author(s): Julia D. Interrante, Caitlin Carroll, Sara C. Handley, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS): 2022 Reporting MIPS Quality Measures through Medicare Part B Claims Quick Start Guide for Small Practices (Traditional MIPS)
Provides details on how small practices can report quality measures through Medicare Part B claims measures. Highlights changes to these measures in 2022, and includes information for clinicians at Critical Access Hospitals.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 County Workforce Deficit Estimator
Online tool showing county-level projected COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care unit (ICU) bed counts estimated to occur in the next 30 days, as well as estimated number of available critical care physicians in the county and the number available for each 12-hour shift. Intended to help state and federal planners ensure a sufficient heath workforce for COVID-19.
Additional links: Evidence Brief
Date: 01/2022
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity
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Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Users can upload their own COVID-19 patient profile data. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness
Up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. Includes resources for emergency medical services, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings. Addresses a wide range of topics including healthcare operations, space, supplies, funding, and more.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group
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HHS Protect Public Data Hub
Provides national data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, based on hospital reporting. Also includes data on hospital utilization related to COVID-19. Identifies locations that have received shipments of monoclonal antibody therapeutics to treat COVID-19.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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