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Resources by Topic: Hospitals

Environmental Context of Patient Safety and Medical Errors
Explores the environmental context of patient safety and medical errors with specific interest in rural settings. Reviews the patient safety/medical error literature, identifies unique features of rural health care organizations and their environment that relate to patient safety issues and medical errors. Discusses strategies for medical error reduction and prevention in rural health care settings.
Author(s): Douglas Wholey, Ira Moscovice, Terry Hietpas, Jeremy Holtzman
Date: 03/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2003
Report to the Congress. Reviews the Medicare prospective payment systems (PPSs) for seven sectors: hospital inpatient, hospital outpatient, physician, skilled nursing, home health, outpatient dialysis, and ambulatory surgical center services. Also discusses broader issues related to Medicare payments. Includes recommendations. Appendix with data on hospital financial performance for 1991-2000.
Date: 03/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Rural Health Research In Progress in the Rural Health Research Centers Program, 7th Edition
Describes the research and policy analysis projects underway in March 2003 through the Rural Health Research Centers Program of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Date: 03/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Rate of Return on Capital Investments at Small Rural Hospitals
Discusses whether the aging of rural facilities is due to a lower rate of return on capital investment at small rural hospitals. Also examines the impact of membership in a hospital system on access to capital leading to updated buildings and equipment.
Author(s): Jeffrey Stensland, Astrid Knott, Ira Moscovice, Gestur Davidson
Date: 01/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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The Financial Effects of Critical Access Hospital Conversion
Describes how the first wave of conversions to Critical Access Hospital (CAH) status affected rural hospitals' financial performance and organizational structure.
Author(s): Jeffrey Stensland, Gestur Davidson, Ira Moscovice
Date: 01/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Location of Frontier CAHs, Certified through January 1, 2003
Shows Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) located in counties with fewer than seven people per square mile.
Date: 2003
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Analysis of the Financial Conditions of Health Care Institutions in the Appalachian Region and their Economic Impacts
Describes the availability of healthcare services in Appalachia, the financial stability of Appalachian healthcare institutions, and the effect of hospital closures on Appalachian counties.
Author(s): Jeffrey Stensland, Curt Mueller, Janet Sutton
Date: 12/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Hospitals That Have Not Yet Converted: Is CAH Still an Option?
Identifies reasons for hospitals not to have converted to Critical Access Hospital (CAH) status. Lists questions that could be used to help understand why a hospital has not converted and discusses related issues, with the goal of helping State Flex Program managers provide needed assistance related to CAH conversion.
Date: 10/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Technical Assistance and Services Center
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Pray, Montana, September 2-4, 2002.
Minutes from a National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services meeting addressing the following topics: the Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program (Flex) and Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant (SHIP) Programs, quality of care in rural hospitals, and a Montana health workforce shortage task force.
Date: 09/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Rural Hospital Access to Capital: Issues and Recommendations
Identifies federal programs that have or could help rural hospitals meet their capital needs, assesses whether rural hospitals have difficulty getting capital under the current programs, and makes recommendations for improvement. The Hospital Mortgage Insurance Program (HUD 242) and USDA Community Facilities Program (CFP) are discussed.
Author(s): Walter Gregg, Astrid Knott, Ira Moscovice
Date: 07/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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