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Resources by Topic: Policy

Still Stealing Rural America's Breath: An Update on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Discusses rural research efforts focused on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with insights from researchers, philanthropists, and healthcare providers. Explores the impact of COVID-19 on COPD. Also covers the importance of pulmonary rehabilitation and new research findings on the impact of this treatment.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Counties Testify on Challenges and Opportunities Rural Counties Will Face in a Post-COVID Economy
Video recording of testimony from rural healthcare and economic organization leadership to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Topics include rural economic concerns following COVID-19, county-level responses to COVID-19, rural hospitals and workforce issues, broadband access, and federal programs serving rural communities and healthcare.
Additional links: Testimony Transcripts
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Health Care-Related Expiring Provisions of the 117th Congress, First Session
Outlines the healthcare-related funding and governmental authorities that will expire during the first session of the 117th Congress, calendar year 2021, if not extended through congressional action. Highlights similar provisions that expired during the 116th Congress (2019-2020). Includes rural references throughout.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System, June 2021
Evaluates Medicare payment issues and offers recommendations to the U.S. Congress. Chapter 5 presents an interim report on Medicare beneficiaries' access to care in rural areas. Also includes chapters on Medicare Advantage benchmark policy, alternative payment models, private equity and Medicare, the skilled nursing facility value-based purchasing program, indirect medical education payments, Medicare coverage of vaccines, separately payable drugs in the hospital outpatient prospective payment system, clinical laboratory fee schedule payment rates, and the relationship between clinician services and other Medicare services.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, June 2021
Semi-annual report to Congress from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Discusses high-cost specialty drugs in the Medicaid program, access to mental health services for those enrolled in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), integration of physical and behavioral health care through electronic health records (EHRs), Medicaid's non-emergency transportation (NEMT) benefit, and state strategies for integrating care for people who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Includes rural references throughout.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Vaccination Administration in the Home
Provides an overview of Medicare payment policies for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines in the home for Medicare patients that have difficulties leaving their homes or are hard to reach. Includes examples of situations in which an additional payment amount applies and information on billing for the additional payment amount.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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State Strategies for Engaging and Leveraging Primary Care Providers as COVID-19 Vaccinators
Summarizes the results of interviews with a sample of state-level stakeholders and findings from research identifying strategies for state officials to engage and support primary care providers and pediatricians as COVID-19 vaccinators. Provides examples of state strategies and discusses future considerations for governors and state officials.
Author(s): Kirk Williamson, Katie Greene, Michelle LeBlanc, Brittney Roy, Hemi Tewarson
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, National Governors Association
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Medicare Payment for Rural or Geographically Isolated Hospitals
Displays data on Medicare payment adjustments for Sole Community Hospitals, Medicare-Dependent Hospitals, Low-Volume Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals. Includes information on the number of qualifying hospitals by state and eligibility criteria.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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National Health Service Corps: Program Directs Funding to Areas with Greatest Provider Shortages
Provides an overview of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) programs. Examines data for fiscal year 2020 on the number of NHSC providers and where they served, the number and characteristics of applicants that did not receive funding, the number of NHSC sites with vacancies, and information about the effectiveness of NHSC programs at alleviating provider shortages.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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VA Community Care: Understanding Veterans' Access, Utilization, and Satisfaction
Supplemental journal features a wide variety articles pertaining to veterans' access to care, utilization, and the VA's Community Care Network (CCN). Discusses the CCN's relationship with the MISSION Act, telehealth, and challenges facing rural veterans, among other issues.
Citation: Medical Care, 59, (6, Suppl 3)
Date: 06/2021
Type: Journal/Newsletter
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