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Resources by Topic: Hospitals

Reforming Biopharmaceutical Pricing at Home and Abroad
Discusses federal policy changes within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Medicare and Medicaid programs that could help lower domestic drug prices and encourage more robust price competition. Includes a discussion of potential changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program and the resulting impacts for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Disproportionate Shares Hospitals (DSHs), and other providers.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Council of Economic Advisers
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Cybersecurity Toolkit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics
Describes 4 steps in awareness, assessment, implementation & remediation, and education, to help rural clinics and hospitals develop and maintain cybersecurity programs. Includes a list of resources, checklists, and tools appropriate for all users.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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2018 OPPS Medicare Part B Payment Impact Analysis
Examines how changes to the CY 2018 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) will impact hospitals' net Part B payments. Discusses the payment reduction for drugs purchased through the 340B Program and how the reduction will affect rural and urban hospitals. Includes a state-by-state analysis of aggregate impacts.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Avalere
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Rural Innovation Profile: Affiliation Partners Sought to Prepare Small Hospital for Value-Based Care
Details how Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in Grinnell, Iowa, followed a robust due diligence process to seek affiliation partners and prepare for participation in risk-based reimbursement models. GRMC is a 49-bed private, non-profit medical center that serves six rural counties in Iowa.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Young Rural Healthcare Leaders Share Experiences and Insights
Interviews with four Critical Access Hospital leaders under the age of forty, who share their experiences helping their facilities and communities. They also offer advice to others interested in rural hospital leadership. Interviewees include Benjamin Anderson, CEO of Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kansas; Melissa Kelly, CEO and CFO of Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska; Stephanie Orr, CNO at Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon, Idaho; and Adam Willmann, CEO and President of Goodall-Witcher Hospital Authority in Clifton, Texas.
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Nebraska Network Hospitals & CAHs
A list of the network hospitals for each Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Nebraska, and the date each hospital received CAH designation.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Hospital Association
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Rural Hospital Closures
Webinar recording discusses rural hospital closures across the U.S. Details the various causes of closures and the effect this has on healthcare access in rural communities, as well as possible solutions for preventing rural hospital closures. Features presentations from representatives of the NC Rural Health Research Program, the Episcopal Health Foundation, and the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Webinar Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 01/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Reinventing Rural Health Care: A Case Study of Seven Upper Midwest States
Examines the current state of rural healthcare in seven states - Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming - and uses the findings to determine the impact of existing federal policies, understand ongoing healthcare challenges, and identify opportunities for improvement in rural healthcare access and delivery. Recommends the following actions to improve rural healthcare: rightsizing healthcare services to fit community need, creating rural funding mechanisms, building and supporting the primary care physician workforce, and expanding telemedicine services. Analysis is based on interviews with over 90 national thought leaders and key stakeholders.
Additional links: Infographic, Summary – Rural Health Care: Lessons Learned
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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An Interim Evaluation Report of the Innovative Projects Portfolio of the Medicare Flex Grant Program
Provides background on the Flex Program and the Integration of Innovative Health Care Models (Innovative Projects) program area. Evaluates the impact of the Innovative Projects program area across seven participating states, focusing on activities involving the transition to value-based care, telehealth, care coordination, quality improvement, and system delivery in rural communities.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, John Gale, Anush Hansen, Andrew Coburn
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Review of the 340B Drug Pricing Program
Provides extensive background information about the 340B Program, explains the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) oversight functions, and details requirements for the various covered entities, including rural hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Also makes recommendations for clarifying the 340B Program's scope and ensuring program integrity is maintained.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee
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