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Resources by Topic: Healthcare quality

The Report of the 2019 Southern LGBTQ Health Survey
Results of a convenience sample of 5,617 respondents detailing their experiences of LGBTQ health and healthcare in the South. Features demographics and self-reported statistics on physical and mental health ratings, healthcare quality, abuse and violence, insurance, dental care, HIV diagnoses, and disparities in reported health ratings by urban or rural location.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Chase Harless, Megan Nanney, Austin H. Johnson, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Southern LGBTQ Health Initiative, Western North Carolina Community Health Services
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Advancing Health Equity Through Community Health Workers and Peer Providers: Mounting Evidence and Policy Recommendations
Reviews the results from nine studies funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) supporting the inclusion of community health workers (CHWs) and peer providers (PPs) as effective participants in addressing health and healthcare inequities particularly for diverse communities. Each study presented focuses on a distinct function of utilizing CHWs and/or PPS such as mentoring, managing chronic conditions, and navigator support for serious mental illness and depression. Discusses why payers and providers should include CHWs and PPS in a variety of capacities to improve outcomes, add value to care, and control costs.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Families USA
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2018 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
Provides a comprehensive summary and data analysis of healthcare quality and access in the U.S. Includes a discussion of disparities encountered by race/ethnicity and geographic locations along the rural-urban continuum. Addresses access to healthcare, patient safety, person-centered care, care coordination, affordability, healthy living, and effective treatment.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program: Best Practice Concepts in Revenue Cycle Management Guide
Offers rural hospital executives and management teams best practice concepts in revenue cycle management by assisting them in identifying performance improvement within their hospitals and departments. Provides State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) directors and Flex Program coordinators a better understanding of the revenue cycle best practices to help them design educational training programs to support rural hospital administrators with performance improvement.
Author(s): BKD CPAs & Advisors
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Quality Measures for Critical Access Hospital Swing-Bed Patients
Policy brief describing a study to identify quality measures for Critical Access Hospital (CAH) swing-bed patients, focused on outcome and functional status measures. Includes information from key informant interviews on discharge disposition and 30-day follow-up status.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice, Henry Stabler
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Cascades of Care After Incidental Findings in a US National Survey of Physicians
Results of a study estimating the national frequency and consequences of cascades of testing and treatment after incidental findings on screening and diagnostic tests. Features statistics including physician characteristics associated with self-reported harm from cascades, with breakdowns by practice location in urban, suburban, or rural areas.
Author(s): Ishani Ganguli, Arabella L. Simpkin, Claire Lupo
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 2(10)
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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Medicare Payment Basics: Accountable Care Organizations Payment Systems
Provides an overview of the payment mechanisms associated with Medicare's Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs: the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), and the Next Generation ACO demonstration. Discusses the changes effective July 2019 to two MSSP tracks: BASIC and ENHANCED, and the risks involved with each one.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Oregon Critical Access Hospital Quality Reporting Overview Guide
Serves as a guide to help Oregon Critical Access Hospital (CAH) quality improvement officers develop and support quality improvement activities and make informed decisions when reporting their quality improvement efforts.
Author(s): Tami Youngblood, Seema Rathor
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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Russell County Hospital Listens to their Community to Improve Transitions of Care
Highlights quality improvement activities underway at a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in rural Kentucky. Discusses community collaboration efforts, expansion of specialty services, renovations, a focus on staff satisfaction, and care coordination activities.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Serving Rural America: Health Insurance Providers at Work
Offers 5 case studies to showcase the ways in which health insurance providers are working to ensure access to high quality healthcare in rural areas. Examples feature 8 insurance providers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, and Oregon sharing different approaches to healthcare delivery, financing, and community engagement.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: America's Health Insurance Plans
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