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Resources by Topic: Hospitals

Preliminary Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot
Reports cases and hospitalization data for Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with COVID-19. Includes data on beneficiary demographics, case and hospitalization trends, and the prevalence of chronic conditions among beneficiaries hospitalized for COVID-19. Compares COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates by state and rural and urban status.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Critical Access Hospital Telehealth Guide
Provides practical guidance on implementing and sustaining telehealth in Critical Access Hospitals, to optimize healthcare delivery, expand access, and enhance care coordination. Focuses on Medicare outpatient telehealth services and includes information on Medicaid coverage and remote services that may not strictly be considered telehealth.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center
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Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program: Revenue Cycle Management Best Practices Guide
Offers rural hospital executives and management teams best practice concepts in revenue cycle management by assisting them in identifying performance improvement within their hospitals and departments. Provides State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) directors and Flex Program coordinators a better understanding of the revenue cycle best practices to help them design educational training programs to support rural hospital administrators with performance improvement.
Additional links: Check List
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: BKD CPAs & Advisors, National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Pennsylvania Rural Health Model (PARHM): First Annual Report
Evaluates the first year of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model (PARHM), an initiative designed to test if global budgets can help rural hospitals improve their financial viability, provide flexibility to meet locally defined community health needs, and reduce overall health care spending. Provides an overview of the model and describes the implementation experience of the first cohort of participating hospitals. Presents preliminary, descriptive data on the financial performance and utilization outcomes of Cohort 1 participants.
Additional links: Appendix, Findings at a Glance
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, NORC at the University of Chicago
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Paying for Telemedicine in Smaller Rural Hospitals: Extending the Technology to Those Who Benefit Most
Viewpoint article discussing the positive financial impacts of telemedicine in emergency departments (EDs) and barriers to using telemedicine in small rural hospitals related to patient volume, high upfront costs, and reimbursement issues. Outlines policy interventions to support rural telemedicine.
Author(s): Kori S. Zachrison, Jessica V. Richard, Ateev Mehrotra
Citation: JAMA Health Forum, 2(8), e211570
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Overview of Operating Room Procedures During Inpatient Stays in U.S. Hospitals, 2018
Report offering statistics on operating room (OR) procedures during 2018 using National Inpatient Sample (NIS) data. Compares OR procedure rates to overall hospital stays, examines patient characteristics including rural and metro location, and ranks the top 20 OR procedures with breakdowns by gender, age, and costliness.
Author(s): Kimberly W. McDermott, Lan Liang
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Trends in Cancer Treatment Service Availability Across Critical Access Hospitals and Prospective Payment System Hospitals
Presents results of a study examining the availability of cancer services at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and urban and rural Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals using 2008 to 2017 American Hospital Association Annual Survey data. Offers comparisons over time and by hospital characteristics, including rural and urban status, hospital ownership, region, shortage area, and more.
Author(s): Peiyin Hung, Kewei Shi, Janice C. Probst, et al.
Citation: Medical Care
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Emergency Department Visits Involving Dental Conditions, 2018
Presents data on emergency department (ED) visits involving dental conditions using the 2018 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS). Describes characteristics of dental-related ED visits, including age, sex, metropolitan status of patient residence, and community-level income. Includes statistics on the number and percentage of ED visits that resulted in hospital admission, types of dental-related ED visits by payer, and groups and types of dental conditions by type of ED visit.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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State and Regional Differences in Access to Hospital-Based Obstetric Services for Rural Residents, 2018
Highlights a study on rural access to hospital-based obstetric services by state and region. Compares rates regionally and by state across the country and discusses the factors that affect obstetrics access.
Author(s): Julia D. Interrante, Mariana S. Tuttle, Bridget Basile Ibrahim, et al.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Potential Implications of SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant Surges for Rural Areas and Hospitals
Opinion piece highlighting features of rural healthcare systems that make it more difficult for those hospitals to withstand surges in COVID-19 cases. Suggests possible solutions for institutions, governments, and society as they navigate the potentially rural-dominant Delta variant phase.
Author(s): Sameer S. Kadri, Steven Q. Simpson
Citation: JAMA
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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