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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Medicaid

Costs of Emergency Department Visits in the United States, 2017
Examines the cost of emergency department (ED) visits in the United States. Includes data by location of patient's residence for large metropolitan, small metro, micropolitan, and rural areas. Topics covered include aggregate costs, average costs, number of ED visits, aggregate costs by community-level income, and aggregate costs by primary expected payer.
Author(s): Brian J. Moore, Lan Liang
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Informing Health Care Workforce Policy by Leveraging Data: A Toolkit for States
Describes how healthcare workforce data can be used to address questions regarding access to care. Discusses three key considerations for states to improve their healthcare workforce data collection practices. Includes examples from states that utilized data to inform policy.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model State Medicaid Participation Factsheet
Provides an overview of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model, with a focus on the Community Transformation Track. Discusses the role of State Medicaid Agencies (SMA) and Memorandum of Understanding requirements, and outlines the time of required SMA activities.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Accountable Health Communities Model - Two Rural Participants' Experiences
Describes how two health systems, Ballard Health and Rocky Mountain Health Plan, implemented the Accountable Health Communities Model to address health-related social needs of rural Medicare, Medicaid, and dual-eligible beneficiaries. Discusses challenges each system faced while implementing the model.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Rethinking Rural Health: FY 2020 Year in Review
Provides an overview of Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) programs and activities that have affected rural health and healthcare in fiscal year 2020. Focuses on nine priority areas: COVID-19, maternal health, Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM), quality improvement, practitioner engagement, patient empowerment and person-centered care, Medicare and Medicaid payment and policy, models and demonstrations, and telehealth.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: CMS Rural Health Council
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Comment Letter on HHS Report to Congress on Telehealth for Pediatric SUD
Reviews the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report, Reducing Barriers to Furnishing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services Using Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring for Pediatric Populations Under Medicaid: Final Report. Covers the role of telehealth in mitigating the shortage of behavioral health providers and expanding behavioral health services to children covered by Medicaid. Discusses the need for additional research on telehealth in Medicaid, information sharing between states, and addressing barriers to technology.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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States Use Appendix K Waivers to Support Home- and Community-Based Services in Response to COVID-19
Provides an overview of how states are utilizing Appendix K waivers to promote flexibility and modify their home- and community-based services for older adults and their family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an interactive map and chart outlining each state's modifications.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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CMS Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities
Lists Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) waivers and flexibilities available to healthcare providers to ensure healthcare access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes blanket waivers and fact sheets for specific types of providers, as well as approved states' other coronavirus 1135 waivers.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS: Current Emergencies: Coronavirus Disease 2019
Guidance from CMS for healthcare facilities and labs related to COVID-19. Includes clinical and technical guidance on infection control and prevention for specific types of facilities, information on billing and coding, coverage for services related to COVID-19, and other topics.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit
Provides resources from federal government agencies regarding COVID-19. Includes infographics, regulatory guidance, podcast and webinar recordings, and other sources of information for the general public, Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and providers.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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