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Resources by Topic: Outpatient care

MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2019
Annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Includes discussion on Medicare payment policies directly affecting rural providers and beneficiaries. Addresses opioids, Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, Medicare's quality incentive program for hospitals, and payment adequacy for healthcare facilities and services.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Safety of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Use in Children From Rural Versus Urban Settings Receiving Long-term Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy
Presents a study examining the potential complication rates from a peripherally inserted central catheter for children in rural and urban settings. Breaks down patient data by age, race, and distance to nearest trauma center, among other measures.
Author(s): Natasha Beachum, Walter Dehority
Citation: Hospital Pediatrics, 9(1), 51-54
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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New Hampshire 10-Year Mental Health Plan
Details New Hampshire's 10-year mental health plan. Discusses community education, prevention, and inpatient and outpatient care, among other methods for addressing mental health and substance abuse across the state.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
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Evaluating a Training Program for Rural Doctors and Nursing Home Staff on Safe Medicine Use for Patients with Dementia and Nursing Home Residents
Investigates whether a training program for healthcare providers in 29 rural counties in Iowa affected medication use by patients age 66 or older. Includes data and statistics on outpatients with dementia and nursing home residents, with information on age, sex, chronic disease, medication use, and more.
Author(s): Ryan Carnahan, Grant Brown, Marianne Smith, et al.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Alaska Facts and Figures: 2017 Alaska Resident Drug Overdose Outpatient Visits and Inpatient Hospitalizations
Describes drug overdose outpatient visits and inpatient hospitalizations for Alaska residents in 2017 by gender, race, age group, and public health region.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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MAP 2018: Recommendations for a Core Set of Rural-Relevant Measures for Hospitals and Selected Ambulatory Care Settings and Measuring and Improving Access to Care
Describes selection criteria and processes used to create a draft core set of measures, lists the measures, and describes measurement gap areas identified by the Measures Applications Partnership (MAP) Rural Health Workgroup, a public-private partnership of healthcare stakeholders. Second in a series of 3 reports documenting the Workgroup's continuing efforts.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum MAP Rural Health Advisory Workgroup
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National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2015 Emergency Department Summary Tables
Provides data on ambulatory care emergency department (ED) hospital visits. Table 1 provides metropolitan/nonmetropolitan ED visit data based on hospital location, Table 2 includes metro/nonmetro ED visit data by location of patient residence, and Table 15 has metro/nonmetro injury visit data based on hospital location.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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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. Addresses Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, telehealth, payment incentive programs, and payment adequacy for healthcare facilities and services.
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.
Author(s): Megan Lahr, Alex Evenson, Tongtan Chantarat, Michelle Casey
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Epidemiological Study of People Living in Rural North Carolina for Novel Respiratory Viruses
Pilot study at an outpatient clinic in North Carolina examining individuals with influenza-like symptoms to identify respiratory viruses among people residing in a rural area with dense swine and poultry farming. Includes results from nasal swab and air samples as well as participant characteristics, including sex, age, animal exposure, and antibiotic and hospitalization history.
Author(s): X. Wang, B. D. Anderson, L. A. Pulscher, et al.
Citation: Zoonoses and Public Health, 65(1), e265–e269
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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