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Resources by Topic: Inpatient care

Hospitalizations for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries — United States, 1999–2017
Reports on hospitalization for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, with data by location of patient residence for urban and rural areas. Includes information on hospitalization rates, surgery rates, readmission rates, mortality, and length of stay.
Author(s): Fang Xu, Anne G. Wheaton, Yong Liu, Hua Lu, Kurt J. Greenlund
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 68(49), 1134-1138
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Issue Brief: Integrated Behavioral Health is High-value Care
Highlights the advantages of behavioral health integration. Addresses costs and healthcare outcomes and presents several models for integration in healthcare settings.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Telemedicine Spotlight: WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital
Highlights how a pilot program at the Potomac Valley Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Keyser, West Virginia, collaborated with J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, a 690-bed academic medical center and Level 1 Trauma center, as a telemedicine intensive care unit.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stroudwater Associates
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Telemedicine Spotlight: Blue Mountain Hospital, Blanding, UT
Highlights how Blue Mountain Hospital (BMH), a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Blanding, Utah, implemented a telemedicine program to provide services to patients needing a higher level of care in their community rather than being transferred to an urban center hospital several hours away.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stroudwater Associates
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Inpatient Hospital Stays and Emergency Department Visits Involving Influenza, 2006–2016
Examines inpatient stays and treat-and-release emergency department visits with an influenza diagnosis from the 2006–2007 flu season through the 2015–2016 flu season. Covers in-hospital mortality rates, average stay length, and cost. Includes data by patient location for metropolitan areas, rural adjacent to metro, and rural remote areas.
Author(s): Kathryn R. Fingar, Lan Liang, Carol Stocks
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Medicare Payment Basics: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Payment System
Overview of Medicare's payment system for inpatient rehabilitation services in freestanding facilities or within acute care hospitals. Demonstrates how payment rates are adjusted to account for certain facility characteristics including facilities in rural areas.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Medicare Payment Basics: Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Services Payment System
Overview of Medicare's payment system for services provided in freestanding hospitals or specialized hospital-based units. Demonstrates how payments for these services are adjusted to reflect geographic differences in labor costs, and cost of care by facility and patient characteristics.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Characteristics of Inpatient Hospital Stays Involving Sickle Cell Disease, 2000–2016
Examines inpatient stays among patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), with trends by patient age from 2000-2016. Also reports on characteristics of inpatient stays in 2016, including data on the location of patient residence for metropolitan, rural metro-adjacent, and rural remote areas. Includes data by patient location for black patients with SCD-related stays compared to black U.S. residents as a whole. Also reports on SCD-related stays by hospital location for metropolitan, rural metro-adjacent, and rural remote areas.
Author(s): Kathryn R. Fingar, Pamela L. Owens, Lawrence D. Reid, et al.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Impact of Rural and Urban Hospital Closures on Inpatient Mortality
Examines the impact of California's hospital closures from 1995-2011 on adjusted inpatient mortality for sepsis, stroke, asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and acute myocardial infarction. Features statistics including the number of closures by year, patient demographics with breakdowns by urban or rural location, and differential impacts of rural and urban closures with breakdowns by condition.
Author(s): Kritee Gujral, Anirban Basu
Citation: NBER Working Paper Series, Working Paper 26182
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Bureau of Economic Research
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System for FY 2020
Comments on a May 3, 2019 Federal Register proposed rule revising the hospital inpatient and long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment systems. Addresses proposed changes to the hospital wage index, including rural floor calculations, uncompensated care measurements that affect disproportionate share (DSH) payments, inpatient and outpatient proposals related to drugs and devices, and the LTCH prospective payment system.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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