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Resources by Topic: Outpatient care

National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2015 State and National Summary Tables
Provides data on outpatient visits to physician offices, with information on physician practices, patient, and visit characteristics. Table 1 and Table 31 include data by the metropolitan status of the physician for metro and nonmetro areas.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Medicare Payment Basics: Outpatient Dialysis Services Payment System
Provides an overview of how Medicare pays for the outpatient dialysis services of beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Includes information about the facility-level rural adjustment.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Breast Reconstruction Surgery for Mastectomy in Hospital Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings, 2009-2014
Examines reconstruction surgeries for mastectomy among adult women over a 5-year period, with data by patient and hospital characteristics. Includes rural/urban data by location of patient residence and by hospital location.
Author(s): Adela M. Miller, Claudia A. Steiner, Marguerite L. Barrett, Kathryn R. Fingar, Anne Elixhauser
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2014 Emergency Department Summary Tables
Provides data on ambulatory care emergency department hospital visits. Table 1 includes brief metro/non-metro overview information, and Table 15 has metro/non-metro injury visit data.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Correlations Between Community Size and Student Perceptions of Value
Study conducted in South Dakota to explore relationship between community size and 114 medical students' feelings of value related to physicians, healthcare teams, and patients. Features statistics including communities with breakdowns by size, number of hospital beds, rate of occupancy, admissions per year, and outpatient visits per year.
Author(s): Susan Anderson, Edward Simanton
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 17, 4246
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
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Surgeries in Hospital-Based Ambulatory Surgery and Hospital Inpatient Settings, 2014
Provides national data on surgeries performed in hospital inpatient and hospital-based ambulatory surgery (outpatient) settings. Table 1 includes data for rural, urban teaching, and urban nonteaching hospitals.
Author(s): Claudia A. Steiner, Zeynal Karaca, Brian J. Moore, Melina C. Imshaug, Gary Pickens
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2017
Annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Includes discussions on Medicare payment policies that directly affect rural providers and beneficiaries.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Needs of Middle-Aged and Older Adults: A Rural-Urban Comparison in Delaware, USA
A comparison of transportation patterns and costs for middle-aged and older adult Medicaid patients for medical care in rural versus urban Delaware. These patients were eligible for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services. Discusses transportation barriers to care for rural residents, including cost, availability, and accessibility and suggests solutions for connecting residents to needed services.
Author(s): Matthew Lee Smith, Thomas R. Prohaska, Kara E. MacLeod, et al.
Location: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(2)
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
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National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2013 Emergency Department Summary Tables
Provides data on ambulatory care emergency department hospital visits. Table 1 includes brief metro/non-metro overview information, and Table 14 has metro/non-metro injury visit data.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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The Financial Importance of the Sole Community Hospital Payment Designation
Investigates the economic importance of the Sole Community Hospital (SCH) program by reviewing data between 2006 and 2015 regarding the proportion of SCHs reimbursed at the hospital-specific rate, and their profitability of providing services to Medicare patients. Also, discusses the economic consequences that would occur if the SCH program was not in operation in 2015.
Author(s): Sharita R. Thomas, Randy Randolph, G. Mark Holmes, George H. Pink
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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