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Resources by Topic: Home health

Aging in Rural and Frontier Oregon: Challenges Facing Rural and Frontier Home Health Agencies
Provides an overview of the services and challenges affecting home health agencies providing services to the aging population in rural Oregon by county. Includes discussion on healthcare access, home health agency regulation and reimbursement, recruitment and retention of healthcare providers, and physician compliance.
Author(s): Callie Walsh-Bailey, Jamie Horst
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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Survey of Health Care Employers in Arizona: Home Health Agencies, 2015
Reports on a survey of home health agencies in Arizona with a focus on the health workforce. Compares rural/urban shortages for various occupations. Addresses nurse employment preferences, tuition reimbursement programs, and hiring plans.
Author(s): Lela Chu, Joanne Spetz
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Vitalyst Health Foundation
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Looking Ahead: Rural-Urban Differences in Anticipated Need for Aging-Related Assistance
Findings brief using information collected through the 2011-2012 National Health Interview Survey, describing the degree to which rural and urban adults ages 40-64 anticipate that they may need help later in life, and where they expect they will find it. Features statistics with breakdowns by race or ethnicity, urban or rural location, insurance status, overall health quality, amount of anticipated need for assistance, and reported activity limitations.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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An All-Payer View of Hospital Discharge to Postacute Care, 2013
Presents data on hospital discharges to different post-acute care settings: inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agency care. Includes information by hospital type for rural and urban hospitals, as well as by hospital size and region.
Author(s): Wen Tian
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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HCIA Complex/High-Risk Patient Targeting: Second Annual Report
Second annual evaluations of 23 Health Care Innovation Awards Round One projects focused on patients with medically complex conditions at high risk for hospitalization, re-hospitalization, emergency department visits, or nursing home stays. Several projects serve rural areas, offering caregiver education and support, telehealth services, and various care coordination approaches. Discusses common experiences of grantees serving rural areas, as well as profiles of each project.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, NORC at the University of Chicago
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2016
Annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Discussions of rural aspects of Medicare payment policies are included throughout the report. Focuses on payment adequacy, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Access to Rural Home Health Services: Views from the Field
Describes current issues affecting access to rural home health services, with an emphasis on Medicare-reimbursed programs. Based on published research, gray literature, and telephone interviews with 40 key informants from 19 states between May 2014 and March 2015. Discusses challenges and barriers to access as well as possible solutions.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Cynthia Coulthard, Tracy M. Mroz
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Leading Change: Best Practices in Technical Assistance for Rural and Frontier Health-Care in an Era of Transformation
Provides resources, tools, and proven practices to augment technical assistance and support the development and implementation of services provided by State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), nonprofit organizations, and government agencies when working with rural and frontier health service organizations (HSOs).
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Simulation and Analysis of an Alternative Medicare Home Health Payment System Not Based on Number of Therapy Visits
Outlines a possible approach to redesigning the Medicare home health payment system and describes the likely impacts of such a change. Includes statistics with breakdowns by number of therapy and non-therapy visits, payment-to-cost ratios, medical procedure or chronic illness, and type of health facility.
Author(s): Doug Wissoker, Bowen Garrett
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Impact of Home Health Payment Rebasing on Beneficiary Access to and Quality of Care
Measures the impact of base-payment reductions mandated by the Affordable Care Act on beneficiary access to and the quality of care provided by home health agencies. Reports findings across geographic area (rural and urban).
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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