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A Rural Perspective/Commentary Regarding "Transforming the Health Care Delivery System: Proposals to Improve Patient Care and Reduce Health Care Costs"
Outlines the potential impacts of proposed policy reform options from the Senate Finance Committee on rural America. Covers payment reform, long-term payment reforms, healthcare infrastructure investments, Medicare Advantage, and public program integrity.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Andrew F. Coburn, A. Clinton MacKinney, Timothy D. McBride, Rebecca T. Slifkin
Date: 05/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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The Capital Investment Needs of CAHs: Fire and Life Safety Code Compliance and Organizational Performance
Describes current Critical Access Hospital (CAH) capital investment needs and their experiences obtaining the capital funding critical for remaining compliant with fire and life safety codes and essential for maintaining effective and efficient operations.
Author(s): Walter Gregg
Date: 11/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Rural Hospital Renovation & Expansion Study
Summarizes the results of a survey assessing the impact of community hospital renovations on healthcare delivery and recruitment and retention of health professionals.
Author(s): Bill Wilson, Rick Geiler, Jim McClure, Scott Fowler
Date: 10/2008
Type: Document
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Urban to Rural Evacuation: Planning for Rural Population Surge
Analyzes the likelihood of urban evacuation to rural areas in disaster or emergency situations and provides recommendations for rural planning and response.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Thomas Briggs, Alene Kennedy
Date: 08/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Americans with Disabilities Act: ADA Guide for Small Towns
Presents an informal overview of some basic ADA requirements and provides cost effective tips on how small towns can comply with the ADA.
Date: 12/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Justice
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Compacts of Free Association: Micronesia's and the Marshall Islands' Use of Sector Grants
Provides information on the uses of economic assistance provided under the amended U.S. compacts with the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) from 2004 through 2006. Covers spending on education, infrastructure, health, public sector capacity building, private sector development, and the environment.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Healthy Housing Reference Manual
Provides information on housing-related health and safety issues, including those particular to rural areas. Chapter 8 focuses on rural water supply and water quality issues.
Date: 2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rebuilding the Unity of Health and the Environment in Rural America: Workshop Summary
Covers rural environmental health, including the social, the natural, and the built environment. Report on a regional workshop at the University of Iowa on November 29-30, 2004 addressing rural environmental health issues.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Does the Built Environment Influence Physical Activity? Examining the Evidence
Discusses the role of the built environment, including buildings, roads, parks, and other structures that physically define a community, in physical activity.
Date: 01/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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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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