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Resources by Topic: Service delivery models

Telehealth: Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes From Systematic Reviews
Presents a literature review and resulting evidence map for telehealth impacts on clinical outcomes for use by policymakers and other healthcare leaders. Identifies key areas that lack evidence-based research and suggests future studies needed to aid systematic review.
Author(s): Annette M. Totten, Dana M. Womack, Karen B. Eden, et al.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Chartbook on Care Coordination
A summary of trends in Care Coordination from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) for 2015. Includes data and statistics by metropolitan statistical area with a focus on groups with disparities in care coordination regarding hospital and emergency department visits, discharge, readmission, use of ED for chronic healthcare, and potentially avoidable hospitalizations. Also highlights the use of electronic health records and electronic exchange and how that affects care coordination and quality.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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A Pilot Videoconference Group Stress Management Program in Cancer Survivors: Lessons Learned
Discusses the advantages and barriers of developing and implementing a group-based videoconference program that provides interventions to improve the psychosocial outcomes of rural cancer patients following treatment.
Author(s): Eric Zhou, Ann H. Partridge, Jaime E. Blackmon, Evan Morgan, Christopher J. Recklitis
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 16(2), 3863
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System, June 2016
Includes chapters on pricing and payment systems, Medicare drug spending, Part B drug and oncology payment policy issues, improving Part D, improving efficiency and preserving access to emergency care in rural areas, telehealth services and Medicare, and issues affecting dual-eligible beneficiaries. Rural providers and rural patient populations are discussed throughout the report.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Medicare Accountable Care Organizations: Beneficiary Assignment Update
Clarifies the changes issued in June 2015 regarding Accountable Care Organization's (ACO) beneficiary assignment under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ACO regulations. Addresses how the changes make it easier for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to participate in ACOs.
Author(s): Thomas Vaughn, A. Clinton MacKinney, Keith J. Mueller, Fred Ullrich, Xi Zhu
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Medicaid Payment and Delivery System Reform: Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Health Systems
An analysis of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on rural Medicaid programs across the U.S. Examines their acceptance of alternate payment models and their applications of delivery system reform. Provides policy recommendations supporting integrated and comprehensive primary care delivery and rural participation in value-based payment and delivery system reforms.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Charlie Alfero, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Utilization of Telemedicine Among Rural Medicare Beneficiaries
Demonstrates the trends in the use of telemedicine utilization by rural Medicare beneficiaries between 2004 and 2013. Data is derived from Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes or telemedicine-specific codes, using Medicare's definition for rural. Includes a table comparing patient characteristics for Medicare beneficiaries with and without a telemedicine visit in 2013.
Author(s): Ateev Mehrotra, Anupam B. Jena, Alisa B. Busch, et al.
Citation: JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 315(18), 2015–2016
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
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15 Million Kids in Health Care Deserts: Can Telehealth Make a Difference?
Highlights healthcare access problems for children of vulnerable populations living in rural and poverty stricken areas. Discusses how telehealth can be implemented to overcome these barriers. Describes several case studies focused on improving access to healthcare services for children, including a rural school-based telehealth program.
Author(s): Dale Alverson, Julie Hall-Barrow, Denise M. Dion, et al.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Children's Health Fund
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Integrated Behavioral Health In Montana: A Baseline Assessment of Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities
Presents results from a baseline assessment of Montana's behavioral health system of care. Evaluates the possibility of addressing system deficiencies by implementing an integrated behavioral health model. Describes rural-specific benefits and challenges associated with system integration.
Additional links: Issue Brief
Author(s): Katie Loveland
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services Meeting Minutes, Beaufort, South Carolina, April 18-20, 2016
Provides a summary of the 79th meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS), which was held in Beaufort, South Carolina. The meeting focused on two main topics: alternative models to preserving access to emergency care in rural areas in the face of hospital closures and the abuse of prescription painkillers and opioids.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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