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Interactive Maps to Improve Stroke Systems of Care in Wisconsin
Analyzes transfer patterns of stroke patients, including driving time and distance, from small rural hospitals to large tertiary hospitals in Wisconsin. Describes the development of interactive stroke transfer maps and discusses the use of mapping to identify gaps in systems of care, improve the efficiency of emergency services, and better understand hospital capacity.
Author(s): Ka Z. Xiong, Lena Swander, Dot Bluma, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 21, 230166
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
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TEFCA Awareness and Planned Participation Among U.S. Hospitals: 2023
Evaluates survey data to determine non-federal acute care hospitals' awareness of and participation in the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). Includes comparisons by rural and urban status as well as for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and non-CAHs, among other factors.
Author(s): Wei Chang, Meghan Hufstader Gabriel, Jordan Everson
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Understanding and Responding to Registered Nursing Shortages in Acute Care Hospitals in New York
Identifies factors that contribute to persistent registered nurse (RN) shortages, based on interviews with chief nursing officers or executives, nurse recruiters, and human resources staff from more than 50 New York hospitals. Describes promising strategies to improve the recruitment and retention of patient care RNs, with an emphasis on rural and safety-net hospitals.
Author(s): R Martiniano, S Shirey, J Moore
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
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MedPAC Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, 2024
Provides an overview of Medicare spending and highlights data on Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care provided through the Medicare program, and other payer liability. Examines settings of care, including rural-specific provider sites, as they relate to spending, access to care, and profit margins. Compares rural and urban beneficiaries and providers throughout. Chart 6-2 addresses rural hospital closures.
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Changes in Maternity Care Policies and Practices that Support Breastfeeding as Measured by the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding — United States, 2018–2022
Evaluates hospitals' implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based policies and practices to improve breastfeeding outcomes. Utilizes Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care data from 2018, 2020, and 2022. Includes data on changes in implementation over time, comparisons by state, and hospital characteristics including rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Kristin J. Marks, Lucas Gosdin, Lauren E. O'Connor, Heather C. Hamner, Daurice A. Grossniklaus
Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 24, 475
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
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How a Rural Health System Continues to Provide Essential Obstetric Services
Podcast episode describing how Kittitas Valley Healthcare in rural Washington State worked to continue to provide obstetric services at its Critical Access Hospital (CAH) amid the departure of its full-time obstetric providers. Discusses the involvement of the governing board and recruitment and retention efforts.
Date: 07/2024
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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How Payment Caps Can Reduce Hospital Prices and Spending: Lessons from the Oregon State Employee Plan
Report discusses how policy changes to state employee insurance plans affected healthcare costs in Oregon. Details Oregon's plan to place payment caps tied to Medicare reimbursement rates and exceptions for rural and Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): Roslyn C. Murray, Christopher M. Whaley, Erin C. Fuse Brown, Andrew M. Ryan
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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CY 2025 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Proposed Rule (CMS 1809-P)
Fact sheet providing an overview of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule regarding updates and changes to the Medicare payments for hospital outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) services for calendar year 2025. Summarizes provisions regarding changes to Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and partial hospital program rate setting; a proposal to include an add-on payment to the Medicare outpatient hospital all-inclusive rate (AIR) for certain high-cost drugs for people with Medicare who receive care at Indian Health Service (IHS) or tribal hospitals; updates to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR), Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR), and Rural Emergency Hospital Quality Reporting (REHQR) Programs; a proposal for new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for obstetrical services; Medicaid and CHIP continuous eligibility; Medicaid clinic services "four walls" exceptions; and more.
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Standing Technical Expert Panel for the Development, Evaluation, and Maintenance of Post-Acute Care (PAC) and Hospice Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Measurement Sets: Summary Report
Describes a December 15, 2023, Technical Expert Panel (TEP) regarding the development of additional cross-setting measures for the Post-Acute Care (PAC) and Hospice Quality Reporting Programs (QRPs), and filling measurement gaps with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Universal Foundation measures. Summarizes TEP comments on adding measures to PAC and Hospice QRPs in four domains: 1) behavioral and mental health, 2) patient experience of care, 3) pain management, and 4) immunization. Covers panelists' discussions on the appropriateness of the existing measure set and potential new measures, setting-specific considerations, data sources, and other topics related to each domain. Includes rural references throughout.
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Abt Associates, Acumen, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Loss of Hospital-Based Obstetric Services in Rural Counties in the United States, 2010-2022
Infographic displaying data on the loss of hospital-based obstetric services in rural counties between 2010 and 2022. Compares changes in in-county hospital-based obstetric care by rural county type - micropolitan versus noncore - using data from the 2010-2022 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Surveys, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Provider of Services File, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Area Health Resources File.
Author(s): Katy B. Kozhimannil, Julia D. Interrante, Alyssa H. Fritz, Emily C. Sheffield
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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