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Resources by Topic: Inpatient care

Medicare Payment Basics: Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Services Payment System
Provides an overview of Medicare payments for beneficiaries receiving psychiatric treatment. Discusses rural location adjustments.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Medicare Payment Basics: Hospital Acute Inpatient Services Payment System
Provides an overview of Medicare payments to hospitals for acute inpatient care. Includes information on rate setting, Medicare payments for medical education, payments to Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH), special payments for rural hospitals, and more.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Non-maternal and Non-neonatal Inpatient Stays in the United States Involving Malnutrition, 2016
Reports national estimates of malnutrition during non-maternal and non-neonatal hospital inpatient stays in 2016, with information for six different categories of malnutrition. Includes data by location of patient residence for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): M.L. Barrett, M.K. Bailey, P.L. Owens
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Coronary Artery Disease, Acute Myocardial Infarction, and Ischemic Stroke Rates Among Inpatient Stays, 2001–2014
Examines adult inpatient stays with diagnoses of coronary artery disease, acute myocardial infarction, and ischemic stroke and by procedure for percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and coronary artery bypass graft. Includes data by location of patient residence for rural, micropolitan, small metropolitan, and large metropolitan counties.
Author(s): Quyen Ngo-Metzger, Arlene S. Bierman, Amanda Borsky, et al.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Drug Discount Program: Characteristics of Hospitals Participating and Not Participating in the 340B Program
Analyzes 2016 cost report data to describe and compare characteristics of 340B participating and non-participating hospitals, specifically examining three hospital types: Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Sole Community Hospitals (SCHs), and general acute care hospitals. Discusses trends related to decreased charity care and an increase in Medicaid expansion on 340B hospital participation.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Health Care Utilization Patterns of Rural Medicaid Recipients, 2012, 35 States
Analyzes enrollment and claims data from 2012 for 35 states to describe inpatient and other institutional encounters among Medicaid enrollees prior to Medicaid expansion in 2014. Includes statistics on inpatient visits by rurality, hospitalization rates by rurality and provider payment plans, and the proportion of Medicaid enrollees with at least one long-term care stay by facility and rurality.
Author(s): Kevin J. Bennett, Karen M. Jones, Janice C. Probst
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
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The Rural Inpatient Mortality Study: Does Urban-Rural County Classification Predict Hospital Mortality in California?
Highlights a study on the correlation between rural hospitals and higher rates of hospital mortality in California. Breaks down data by age, gender, Critical Access Hospital (CAH) classification, and NCHS rurality-based class.
Author(s): Daniel T Linnen, John Kornak, Caroline Stephens
Citation: The Permanente Journal, 22, 17-078
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2018
Annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Includes discussion on Medicare payment policies directly affecting rural providers and beneficiaries.
Additional links: Chapter 14 Online-Only Appendixes: The Medicare Prescription Drug Program (Part D): Status Report (March 2018 Report, Revised June 25, 2018), Chapter 16 Online-Only Appendixes: Mandated Report: Telehealth Services and the Medicare Program (March 2018 report), Errata Sheet: Table 9-7, Page 255 (March 2018 Report, Revised May 30, 2018)
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Hospital Compare Quality Measure Results for CAHs, 2016
Examines Hospital Compare inpatient and outpatient process of care and structural measures among Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in 2016. Includes data on reporting rates and performance for specific quality measures, and state-by-state comparison of CAH reporting rates for inpatient and outpatient measures.
Additional links: State-Specific Reports
Author(s): Megan Lahr, Alex Evenson, Tongtan Chantarat, Michelle Casey
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Inpatient Stays Involving Atrial Fibrillation, 1998-2014
Examines inpatient stays involving atrial fibrillation among adults from 1998 through 2014. Includes data by location of patient residence for large metropolitan, small metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas.
Author(s): Elisabeth Kato, Quyen Ngo-Metzger, Kathryn R. Fingar, Kimberly W. McDermott, Anne Elixhauser
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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