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Resources by Topic: Home health

Patterns Of Post-Acute Utilization In Rural and Urban Communities: Home Health, Skilled Nursing, and Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation
Describes rural Medicare beneficiaries' patterns of post-acute utilization of home health services, skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Provides baseline data that policymakers, researchers, and others who are interested in rural healthcare issues may use to monitor how changes in Medicare policies affect access to post-acute care in rural areas.
Author(s): Janet P. Sutton
Date: 03/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Home Health Payment Reform: Trends in the Supply of Rural Agencies and Availability of Home-Based Skilled Services
Reports on changes in the supply of home health agencies in rural and urban areas before and after the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997, which changed reimbursement for home health. Also looks at provision of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medical social work by rural and urban home health agencies.
Author(s): Janet P. Sutton
Date: 03/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Scope of Services Offered by Critical Access Hospitals: Results of the 2004 National CAH Survey
Examines how Critical Access Hospital (CAH) services have changed over time, based on 2000, 2002, and 2004 survey data. Discusses the role of network affiliations in service changes and reasons for reported service expansions.
Author(s): David Hartley, Stephenie Loux
Date: 03/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Medicare Home Health: Payments to Freestanding Home Health Agencies More Than Covered Their Costs
Discusses an evaluation of Medicare payments to freestanding home health agencies (HHAs). Includes comparison of Medicare margins for urban and rural HHAs.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 02/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Medicare Home Health Care in Rural America
Describes the results of a study evaluating the degree to which Medicare beneficiaries received home health care from agencies outside of their county and the extent to which urban agencies served rural beneficiaries.
Author(s): Sheila J. Franco
Date: 01/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Rural Hospitals' Ability to Finance Inpatient, Skilled Nursing and Home Health Care
Reports on how rural hospitals restructured their operations in response to the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA), which reduced Medicare payments for inpatient, outpatient, skilled nursing care, and home health care. Discusses Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): Jeffrey Stensland, Ira Moscovice
Date: 10/2001
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Hazard, Kentucky, September 10-12, 2000
Minutes from a National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services meeting addressing the following topics: a Federal Office of Rural Health Policy update, Medicare reform, and home health care.
Date: 09/2000
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Care Compare
Provides information on the quality of care, cost, volume of services, and other data for Medicare-certified providers. Includes data on doctors and clinicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health services, hospice care, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and dialysis facilities.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS-Approved Accrediting Organizations Contacts for Prospective Clients
Lists accrediting organizations approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Includes details on which types of programs each organization accredits, such as Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, and provides contact information.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Home Health Prospective Payment System Regulations and Notices
Lists federal regulations and notices related to the Home Health Prospective Payment System, including information on annual payment rate updates. Contains copies of proposed and final rules, along with any relevant corrections, as published in the Federal Register.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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