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Resources by Topic: Rural definitions

2020 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule Overview Factsheet with Request for Information for 2021
Provides an overview of proposed policy changes related to the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Includes a comparison of the 2019 policy and the 2020 proposed policy and information on the definition of rural for the purposes of the program.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Wisconsin Divided Ten Ways: A Review of Rural-Urban Classification Systems
Provides a high-level overview of core classification systems, and systems that are county-based, census tract-based, ZIP code-based, and municipal-based. Includes county-level maps with shadings indicating levels of population density, based on various definitions of the terms urban and rural.
Additional links: Appendix A - Wisconsin County Classifications, Appendix B - Wisconsin Census Tract Classifications, Appendix C - Wisconsin ZIP Code Classification, Appendix D - Municipal Classifications
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Micropolitan America
Infographic showing a variety of charts about micropolitan statistical areas. Includes a map of micropolitan areas. Provides data on the micropolitan population compared to the U.S. population as a whole, covering age and sex, race/ethnicity, population change, industry, and occupation.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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2020 Census Predictive Models and Audience Segmentation Report: A New Design for the 21st Century
Reports on how different segments of the population are likely to self-respond to the 2020 Census. Identifies eight audience segments, groupings of census tracts with similar predicted self-response behavior and similar demographics related to self-response. Includes a map showing how they are geographically distributed. Two of the segments, Country Roads and Sparse Spaces, are rural. Others include rural areas. For each audience segment, information is provided on demographics, media consumption, and mindset related to the census.
Additional links: 2020 Census Audience Segment Descriptions
Author(s): Robert Kulzick, Laura Kail, Shawnna Mullenax, et al.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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2018 Farm Bill Primer: Rural Development Programs
Highlights the new rural development provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill, which address rural access to high-speed broadband, rural health, loans and grants for rural water and wastewater infrastructure, economic development, and more. Outlines changes in how rural is defined for these programs.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Oklahoma Counties by Rural-Urban Continuum Codes, 2013
Provides a map showing counties in Oklahoma shaded by metro/non-metro rural-urban continuum codes.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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Core Based Statistical Areas in Oklahoma 2015
Provides a map identifying the metropolitan, micropolitan, and non-Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) in Oklahoma using 2015 Census data.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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Assessing the Unintended Consequences of Health Policy on Rural Populations and Places
Explores health policies that have affected, or could potentially have affected, rural people, places, and providers, in ways that ran counter to policy intent. Examines 6 historical health policies and their effect on rural health systems. Includes a framework for analyzing policy impact on rural populations and places.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Charlie Alfero, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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List of Rural Counties and Designated Eligible Census Tracts in Metropolitan Counties
Identifies areas with geographic eligibility for Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grant programs. Lists rural counties and, within metropolitan counties, census tracts that are considered rural.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Population Denominator Data Sources and Data for Use with the HCUP Databases (Updated with 2017 Population Data)
Identifies sources of population data that can be used with Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) databases to calculate rates of hospital care events per population. Includes two rural-urban population data sources. Appendix A, Tables A.6 and A.7 provide U.S. population figures from 2000 through 2017 for a 4-category urban-rural definition and a 6-category urban-rural definition.
Additional links: Appendix A: Population Data Tables
Author(s): Marguerite Barrett, Rosanna M. Coffey, Katharine Levit
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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