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Resources by Topic: Hospitals

Updates and Resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources for hospitals and health systems to help them respond to COVID-19. Includes news from AHA on the latest developments.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Health Panel Comment Letter – Rural Emergency Hospitals (REH)
Offers comments in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information on Rural Emergency Hospitals (REH). Addresses the type and scope of services REHs could offer, conditions of participation, health equity, collaboration and care coordination, quality measurement, payment, and enrollment.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Obstacles Persist for Rural Patients to Access Hospice
Discusses challenges to delivering hospice care in rural areas. Highlights changes to allow providers at Rural Health Centers and Federal Qualified Health Centers to serve as attending physicians for hospice patients. Explores the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of hospice services, including the use of telehealth services and workforce concerns.
Author(s): Jim Parker
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hospice News
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Association of Hospital Telestroke Adoption With Changes in Initial Hospital Presentation and Transfers Among Patients With Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attacks
Results of a study to assess whether implementation of telestroke services is associated with changes in where and how patients present with stroke symptoms, their decision to be transferred to another hospital, and to which hospitals they are transferred. Uses data from 593 hospitals that adopted telestroke from 2009-2016. Features statistics on hospital characteristics by telestroke status, with breakdowns by urban or rural location.
Author(s): Kori S. Zachrison, Jessica V. Richard, Andrew Wilcock, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(9)
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
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Quality of Care Before and After Mergers and Acquisitions of Rural Hospitals
Examines the quality of care provided in 172 rural hospitals that merged or were acquired between 2009-2016. Compares the in-hospital mortality rates for patients with several conditions compared admitted to merged or acquired hospitals to patients admitted to 266 rural hospitals that remained independent.
Author(s): H. Joanna Jiang, Kathryn R. Fingar, Lan Liang, Rachel M. Henke, Teresa P. Gibson
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(9)
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
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Antibiotic Stewardship Detailed Data Summarization Tool for State Flex Programs
Tool to help state Flex programs summarize and utilize the Core and Detailed Annual Facility Survey antibiotic stewardship data. Provides a core element summary and a question-by-question summary of Critical Access Hospital responses.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Evaluation of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration: Report Covering 2005-2017 (Interim Report 1)
Provides an overview of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration (RCHD). Describes the characteristics of RCHD participants that entered the demonstration between 2005-2012, the Medicare payments received under program, and the impact of the RCHD on hospital finances between 2005-2017.
Additional links: Findings at a Glance
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs for CY 2022
Comments on an August 4, 2021, Federal Register proposed rule revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2022. Includes considerations for Rural Emergency Hospital payments and emergency department staffing requirements.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Results from 2018 Tax-Exempt Hospitals' Schedule H Community Benefit Reports
Summarizes the benefits nonprofit hospitals provide their communities based on an analysis of IRS Form 990 Schedule H. Addresses the percent spent on financial assistance, health professions education, community building activities, and other categories included on Schedule H. Includes data for rural and Critical Access Hospitals.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Changes in Socioeconomic Mix and Health Outcomes in Rural Counties with Hospital Closures, 2005-2018
Explores changes in socioeconomic mix and health outcomes that occurred in micropolitan and noncore counties with and without a complete hospital closure between 2005-2018, using the 2013 National Center for Health Statistics Rural Classification Scheme for Counties. Features statistics on number of counties that experienced hospital closures, percentage of hospital closures by Medicaid expansion status, trends in area unemployment and poverty rates and proportion of non-white residents across counties by closure status, and mortality rates, with breakdowns by micropolitan and noncore areas.
Author(s): Nathaniel Bell, Peiyin Hung, Kewei Shi, et al.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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