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Resources by Topic: Policy

Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) Model Summary
Provides an overview of the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) model, a Medicare provider type established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Describes key features of the REH model and the REH payment methodology. Identifies considerations that must be addressed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state Medicaid programs, as well as areas that will require technical assistance.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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COVID-19: Efforts to Increase Vaccine Availability and Perspectives on Initial Implementation
Examines the federal government's efforts related to COVID-19 vaccines between October 2020 and April 2021, including vaccine development and vaccination program implementation. Describes challenges to vaccine implementation and steps taken by the government in response.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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COVID-19 Vaccination among American Indian and Alaska Native People
Details the COVID-19 vaccination rollout for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Discusses barriers to healthcare, COVID-19 outcomes, and current vaccination rates of AI/AN populations.
Author(s): Latoya Hill, Samantha Artiga
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Strengthening Primary Care and Improving Population Health: Nebraska's Approach
Explores efforts to strengthen primary care in Nebraska through Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program. Discusses the development of pilot programs and a partnership with a local nonprofit and the University of Nebraska College of Public Health.
Author(s): Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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Care Systems COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs
Explores the clinical and public health responses and experiences of hospitals and health systems, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presents policy actions and policy considerations to leverage the lessons of the pandemic to improve health system financing, infrastructure, and coordination. Includes information on challenges and priority areas for consideration for rural hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): Jeffrey Balser, Jaewon Ryu, Michelle Hood, et al.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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VA Health Care: Efforts Needed to Ensure Effective Use and Appropriate Staffing of Suicide Prevention Teams
Report evaluates the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA's) utilization of suicide prevention teams to prevent suicides among veterans. Evaluation makes recommendations for elevating benchmarks of the program and improving team staffing.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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State Plans for Vaccinating Their Populations Against COVID-19
Interactive map with chart that shows how each state prioritized their populations in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans, including long-term care and nursing home residents, health care workers, and rural and tribal populations.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Iowa - COVID-19 in Iowa
Information on Iowa's response to COVID-19. Reports statistics on testing, positive cases, and deaths, including data by county. Also lists locations and schedules for testing, guidance and proclamations, and health and other resources for Iowa residents.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: State of Iowa
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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
Provides an overview of waived Medicare regulations in response to COVID-19. Lists waivers that impact all types of providers, including Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, and others. Includes information on changes to telemedicine and quality improvement programs.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Federal Funds Earmarked for Hospitals, Providers, and States
Provides an overview of federal funds allocated to hospitals, providers and states in response to COVID-19. Details the legislative source, amounts, and oversight required for each funding program.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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