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Resources by Topic: Hospitals

Urban Hospitals with a High Percentage of Inpatient Days for Rural Patients
Results of a study evaluating differences in urban hospitals with high and low percentages of rural inpatient days. Features a map showing locations of urban hospitals with greater than 40% rural inpatient days and statistics on urban hospitals with breakdowns by rural inpatient day percentage categories and Medicare payment classifications.
Author(s): Randall John, Kathleen Knocke, George H. Pink
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Obstetric Emergencies in Rural Hospitals: Challenges and Opportunities
Describes challenges faced by rural hospitals in offering emergency obstetric care and highlights resources that help rural hospitals respond to obstetric emergencies effectively. Includes a summary of concerns, based on responses to a survey of rural hospitals that do not routinely provide obstetric care.
Author(s): Mariana Story Tuttle, Mary Gilbertson, Julia D. Interrante, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Rural Success: Paris Community Hospital, IL
Describes the quality improvement efforts of Paris Community Hospital in rural Paris, Illinois. Highlights the success of the emergency department's communication with other departments and facilities and opportunities to improve the hospital's antibiotic stewardship.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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COVID Urban Rural Explorer (CURE)
Provides data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Identifies nonmetro counties experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases, and offers county-level data on cases and deaths, the number of hospital beds, and population density.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Washington State University
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HHS Protect Public Data Hub
Provides access to data on the healthcare system from a wide range of sources to support data-driven COVID-19 response. Brings together information from federal, state, and local governments and the healthcare industry. Shares hospital capacity data at the national and state level, including inpatient beds occupied, inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and ICU beds occupied.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Rural Hospital Interventions for COVID-19: Resources and References
Provides resources to help hospitals and health systems assist rural communities by increasing access to healthcare, delivering care, and enhancing public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to webinars, podcasts on rural hospital interventions, case studies, and more.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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COVID-19 Conversations - Responding to COVID-19: A Science-Based Approach
Webinar series in which experts in public health, infectious disease, risk communication, and other fields provide a scientific analysis of recent COVID-19 developments. Includes links to presentation slides, recordings, and transcripts addressing topics such as social distancing, crisis standards of care, health equity, and more.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: American Public Health Association, National Academy of Medicine
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CMS Open Door Forum Podcast and Transcripts
Provides audio recordings and transcripts of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum calls since October 2016, including the Rural Health Open Door Forums and COVID-19 stakeholder calls.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Coronavirus Resources for Local Health
Provides access to county-level data related to the impact of COVID-19 to inform local public health department planning. Includes case counts, trends over time, hospital bed counts, health insurance coverage, and more.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing
Addresses issues related to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) billing during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Covers COVID-19 test specimen collection, diagnostic laboratory services, hospital services, ambulance services, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), telehealth, skilled nursing facility services, home health, and other services.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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