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Resources by Topic: Hospitals

Patients' Experiences in CAHs: HCAHPS Results, 2018
Provides results from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey for calendar year 2018. Summarizes reporting rates and performance among all U.S. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Includes detailed tables that allow state-by-state comparison of response rates and overall CAH performance.
Author(s): Mariah Quick, Megan Lahr, Tongtan Chantarat, Ira Moscovice
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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340B Drug Discount Program: Increased Oversight Needed to Ensure Nongovernmental Hospitals Meet Eligibility Requirements
Provides an overview of the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) review of 258 nongovernmental hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and their contracts with state and local governments. Evaluates the contracts to determine if they meet the eligibility requirement to serve low-income individuals. Outlines weaknesses in the Health Resources and Services Administration's review of the hospital contracts and offers six recommendations to improve the contract review process.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Impact of the Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital Payment Cap on Rural and Urban Hospitals
Describes the number and location of hospitals that qualify for Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments and meet the criteria for a 12% payment cap. Examines how the payment cap and lost revenue impacts urban and rural hospitals. Presents options to modify DSH payments to ease the financial strain on rural hospitals.
Author(s): Paula Weigel, Fred Ullrich, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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The Value Initiative Members in Action: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - Lebanon, N.H
Describes how the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center partners with rural and community hospitals to provide telehealth specialty care services across northern New England through the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Connected Care program. Discusses clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction with the telehealth programs. Examines how telehealth services impact staffing and services offered in small and rural hospitals.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Partial Psychiatric Hospitalization Program Availability in Non-Metropolitan and Metropolitan Hospitals Nationally
Describes the purpose of partial psychiatric hospitalization programs (PPHPs), and compares 2016 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey of Hospitals data on the availability and the characteristics of PPHPs among non-metropolitan and metropolitan hospitals in the U.S.
Author(s): Timothy Williams, Tyrone F. Borders, Lindsey Jasinski
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Wisconsin 2019 Health Care Workforce Report
Examines healthcare workforce supply and demand in Wisconsin. Discusses the need for physicians, particularly in rural areas, and highlights medical school and residency programs focused on addressing that need. Includes rural/urban data by profession on hospital vacancy rates and on the aging workforce.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Hospital Association
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New Suicide Prevention NPSG for Critical Access Hospitals
Presents the prepublication requirements and elements for performance for the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) chapter on suicide prevention. Notes that these requirements will apply to Critical Access Hospitals beginning on July 1, 2020.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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R3 Report: National Patient Safety Goal for Suicide Prevention
Establishes safety goals and practices for suicide prevention in Joint Commission-accredited hospitals. This 2019 update highlights specific requirements for accredited Critical Access Hospitals.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Evaluation of the Maryland All-Payer Model: Volume I - Final Report
Evaluation of the All-Payer Model operating under an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for hospitals in rural and urban settings implemented in Maryland in 2014. This model shifted the state's hospital payment structure to an annual, global hospital budget that includes both inpatient and outpatient hospital services. Report covers 4.5 years of implementation, and compares outcomes by rural and urban residency.
Author(s): Susan Haber, Heather Beil, Marisa Morrison, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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New Suicide Prevention National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) for Critical Access Hospitals
Identifies new National Patient Safety Goals for the Joint Commission's Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program for hospital and behavioral healthcare programs. Covers minimizing the risk of suicide within the hospital environment, screening of patients for suicidal ideation, developing written policies and procedures addressing the care of at risk patients, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of policies. These standards are effective July 1, 2020.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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