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Resources by Topic: Healthcare facilities

Health Panel Comment Letter – Rural Emergency Hospitals (REH)
Offers comments in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information on Rural Emergency Hospitals (REH). Addresses the type and scope of services REHs could offer, conditions of participation, health equity, collaboration and care coordination, quality measurement, payment, and enrollment.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Applying for Phase 4 of the PRF & the ARP Rural Distribution
Provides an overview of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 general distribution and American Rescue Plan (ARP) rural distribution, as well as the application process for these opportunities. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript, Webinar Q&A Follow-Up
Date: 09/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Obstacles Persist for Rural Patients to Access Hospice
Discusses challenges to delivering hospice care in rural areas. Highlights changes to allow providers at Rural Health Centers and Federal Qualified Health Centers to serve as attending physicians for hospice patients. Explores the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of hospice services, including the use of telehealth services and workforce concerns.
Author(s): Jim Parker
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hospice News
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Association of Hospital Telestroke Adoption With Changes in Initial Hospital Presentation and Transfers Among Patients With Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attacks
Results of a study to assess whether implementation of telestroke services is associated with changes in where and how patients present with stroke symptoms, their decision to be transferred to another hospital, and to which hospitals they are transferred. Uses data from 593 hospitals that adopted telestroke from 2009-2016. Features statistics on hospital characteristics by telestroke status, with breakdowns by urban or rural location.
Author(s): Kori S. Zachrison, Jessica V. Richard, Andrew Wilcock, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(9)
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
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Identifying Allowable Expenses for COVID-19 Programs
Recording of a September 23, 2021, webinar on the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program and RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program. Discusses allowable and unallowable expenses for these programs, as well as reimbursable and unreimbursable expenses.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 09/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Quality of Care Before and After Mergers and Acquisitions of Rural Hospitals
Examines the quality of care provided in 172 rural hospitals that merged or were acquired between 2009-2016. Compares the in-hospital mortality rates for patients with several conditions compared admitted to merged or acquired hospitals to patients admitted to 266 rural hospitals that remained independent.
Author(s): H. Joanna Jiang, Kathryn R. Fingar, Lan Liang, Rachel M. Henke, Teresa P. Gibson
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(9)
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
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Emergency Preparedness Information Session with CMS
Recording of a September 15, 2021, webinar discussing health center emergency preparedness planning in compliance with federal, state, and local requirements. Provides an overview of recent regulatory changes and clarifications.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Indian Health Service Use of Critical Care Response Teams Has Helped to Meet Facility Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Provides an overview of the Indian Health Service's (IHS) Critical Care Response Teams (CCRTs) program, which was developed to support IHS and Tribal facilities in caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients. Examines the first five CCRT deployments from June -September 2020. Offers recommendations to leverage CCRT program success to support other IHS care improvement efforts.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS): Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Partnership with Schools
Profiles a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural New Hampshire and its collaboration with area schools to deliver COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and vaccinations. Highlights strategies used to engage students and their families, future plans for the partnership, and lessons learned.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: School-Based Health Alliance
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Antibiotic Stewardship Detailed Data Summarization Tool for State Flex Programs
Tool to help state Flex programs summarize and utilize the Core and Detailed Annual Facility Survey antibiotic stewardship data. Provides a core element summary and a question-by-question summary of Critical Access Hospital responses.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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