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Resources by Topic: Healthcare facilities

COVID-19: Rural Communities
Guidance and resources from the CDC to help rural communities respond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information for public health professionals, rural healthcare systems and providers, community-based organizations, rural residents, and businesses. Also addresses COVID-19 risk in rural communities related to rural health disparities, healthcare infrastructure issues, and the presence of agricultural and food processing industries.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
Provides an overview of waived Medicare regulations in response to COVID-19. Lists waivers that impact all types of providers, including Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, and others. Includes information on changes to telemedicine and quality improvement programs.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Federal Funds Earmarked for Hospitals, Providers, and States
Provides an overview of federal funds allocated to hospitals, providers and states in response to COVID-19. Details the legislative source, amounts, and oversight required for each funding program.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing
Addresses issues related to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) billing during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Covers COVID-19 test specimen collection, diagnostic laboratory services, hospital services, ambulance services, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), telehealth, skilled nursing facility services, home health, vaccination, and other services.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers - COVID-19 Resources
Features resources and information for community health centers in Pennsylvania pertaining to COVID-19. Includes national and state information, including telehealth policies and resources to support clinical operations.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
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HRSA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting HRSA programs. Addresses a wide range of concerns for the various programs HRSA supports, including information on policies, funding, and more. Includes information on vaccine distribution programs involving Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Project N95: The National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse
Clearinghouse to help healthcare providers and facilities request needed personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, surgical masks, isolation gowns, and ventilators, and COVID-19 tests.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
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Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol
Standardized review instrument to conduct operational site visits at health centers in rural and urban areas. Can be used to assess health centers' compliance with federal program requirements and to identify clinical and financial performance improvement areas.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Economics of United States Emergency Care
Examines how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the economics of emergency departments (ED) from January through September 2020. Discusses the impact of the pandemic on ED visit volumes and complexity, clinical revenues and expenses, and clinician hours and compensation. Includes data for large, medium, small, and freestanding EDs.
Author(s): Jesse M. Pines, Mark S. Zocchi, Bernard S. Black, et al.
Citation: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
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Medicaid and Rural Health
Provides an overview of rural residents, including socioeconomic characteristics, insurance status, and health status. Explores the availability of healthcare providers in rural areas, with a focus on primary care providers and hospitals. Discusses the role of Medicaid in rural health, as well as Medicaid policies and services that are important for providing healthcare in rural communities.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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