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Resources by Topic: Home health

Integrated Social Services is Key Component in Senior Independence
Community programs in West Virginia and other states are bringing caregivers to the rural elderly, helping them continue to stay in their homes.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Telehealth Programs Allow More Rural Seniors to Live at Home
Discusses how the use of telehealth equipment in the home is helping rural seniors regularly monitor their health, avoiding hospitalizations and nursing home care.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Phones Enable Smart Wound Care in Rural Areas
Features nurses in rural Pennsylvania, who can use their smart phones to send images for diagnosis without the patients having to leave their homes. Features Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) in Loretto, PA, and Home Nursing Agency (HNA) in Altoona, PA.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Anticipating the Rural Impact of Medicare Value-Based Purchasing
Describes the design and implementation of Medicare value-based purchasing (VBP) programs. Addresses the potential impact of these programs on rural healthcare providers. Includes discussion on the five provider types: Prospective Payment system (PPS) hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), home health agencies, and physician office practices.
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney, Keith J. Mueller, Nicholas P. Lillios, et al.
Date: 04/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Strengthening the Direct Service Workforce in Rural Areas
Summarizes the challenges of the direct service workforce in rural areas including strategies that rural stakeholders can use to provide high-quality, long-term care services and supports. Discusses the challenges of recruiting and retaining direct-care workers in rural areas.
Author(s): D. Kip Brown, Sarah Lash, Bernadette Wright, Ashley Tomisek
Date: 08/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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An Overview of Home Health Aides: United States, 2007
Presents national estimates of home health aides providing assistance in activities of daily living and employed by agencies providing home health and hospice care in 2007. Data are presented on demographics, training, work environment, pay and benefits, use of public benefits, and injuries. Includes data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Anita Bercovitz, Abigail Moss, Manisha Sengupta, et al.
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Provision of Long Term Care Services by Critical Access Hospitals: Are Things Changing?
Describes trends in access to post-acute and long-term care services in rural areas. Discusses the role Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) play and how their role could change.
Author(s): Melanie Race, John Gale, Andrew Coburn
Date: 03/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Home Health Study Report: Literature Review
Presents a literature search which was used as a background to aid the development of a study and report on potential revisions to the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS). Report includes rural and underserved populations.
Author(s): Judy Goldberg Dey, Margaret Johnson, William Pajerowski, Myra Tanamor, Alyson Ward
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Increasing the Value of Medicare
Examines issues affecting the Medicare program and makes recommendations to the Congress. Topics covered include care coordination, pricing accuracy in the hospice and physician payment systems, quality measures in home health, gathering data on outpatient therapy, Medicare Advantage, the Part D prescription drug program, and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Date: 06/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Performance of Rural and Urban Home Health Agencies in Improving Patient Outcomes: Final Report
Describes the results of a study to determine whether rural and urban home care agencies differ in terms of patient care outcomes, and to ascertain whether there are agency characteristics that are associated with better or worse outcomes.
Author(s): Janet P. Sutton
Date: 05/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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