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Resources by Topic: Outpatient care

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. Revised February 2018 and July 2020.
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
Provides an annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Includes discussions on Medicare payment policies that directly affect rural providers and beneficiaries. Analyses payment adequacy for home health, skilled nursing, long-term care hospitals, hospice, ambulatory surgical centers, and rehabilitation facilities.
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.
Citation: 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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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Geriatric Scholars Training Program
Details a Veterans Administration training program model for providers practicing in Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) or in home-based primary care serving elderly (65+) rural veterans. Features examples of promising results, implementation information, and adoption considerations.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Remote, Telephone-Based Delivery of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Presents a model from the VHA that uses telemedicine to provide cardiac rehabilitation to rural veterans. Highlights the three phases of the program that facilitate patient rehabilitation from hospitalization to regular check ups.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2012 Emergency Department Summary Tables
Provides data on ambulatory care emergency department hospital visits. Table 1 includes brief metro/non-metro overview information, and Table 16 has metro/non-metro injury visit data.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Medicaid Outpatient Payment Policy
Provides an overview of Medicaid payment policies for outpatient hospital services. Attached Excel sheet includes details for each state, including adjustments for rural geography and for Critical Access Hospitals.
Additional links: State Medicaid Payment Policies for Outpatient Hospital Services
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Medicare Copayments for Critical Access Hospital Outpatient Services - Update
Estimates the impact of Medicare Part B coinsurance on beneficiaries receiving outpatient services at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and identifies the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) proportion of key services provided in CAHs.
Author(s): Allison Briggs, Matthew Toth, Sara Freeman
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Nonresponse Bias in Estimates From the 2012 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
An analysis of potential nonresponse bias in 2012 NAMCS estimates of physicians and visits to physicians. Includes data comparing metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and non-MSA response rates.
Author(s): Esther Hing, Iris M. Shimizu, Anjali Talwalkar
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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