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Resources by Topic: Specialty care

Alaska ECHO Projects - Alaska COVID-19
Offers videoconferencing with a team of interdisciplinary experts to provide educators, service providers, case managers, administrators, and families access to expert advice throughout the state and the country in response to COVID-19.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: University of Alaska - Anchorage, Center for Human Development
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Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program
Describes a pilot grant program designed to improve maternal and neonatal health in rural communities by collecting data and supporting the development of financially sustainable and coordinated network models. Aims to make maternal and obstetrics care more accessible through increased use of telehealth and specialty care. Fact sheet provides information on the activities of 3 rural networks funded through the RMOMS program.
Additional links: Fact Sheet, September 2020
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19
Free online course designed to help licensed non-ICU hospital providers in supporting critical care respiratory therapists, physicians, and nurses in treating patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Topics include principles of mechanical ventilation, ventilator setting and adjustments, troubleshooting tips, and ventilating patients with conditions such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Obstructive Lung Disease.
Author(s): Susan Wilcox, Thomas Piraino
Date: 11/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Harvard University edX
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Nevada - Project ECHO: Antibiotic Stewardship
Supports an interaction platform with an infectious disease physician and clinical pharmacologists specializing in infectious diseases to help clinicians manage infectious disease patients and to provide evidence-based antibiotic stewardship by optimizing antibiotic usage in order to reduce resistance. Offers an opportunity for clinicians to present a COVID-19 patient case for review.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
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Anesthesia Services: Differences between Private and Medicare Payments Likely Due to Providers' Strong Negotiating Position
Examines trends in differences between Medicare and private payments for anesthesia services, as well as the the supply of anesthesia providers for Medicare beneficiaries. Includes a discussion on the availability of anesthesia providers in rural areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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A Comparison of Rural and Urban Specialty Hospitals
Results of a study examining differences in long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities in urban and rural areas. Features statistics on ownership type, location, number of beds, percent of inpatient days for rural residents, percent of inpatient days for Medicare beneficiaries, operating expenses, percent of Medicaid days, and profitability.
Author(s): George H. Pink, Andrew Osgood, Pranathi Sana
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Obstetric Emergencies in Rural Hospitals: Challenges and Opportunities
Describes challenges faced by rural hospitals in offering emergency obstetric care and highlights resources that help rural hospitals respond to obstetric emergencies effectively. Includes a summary of concerns, based on responses to a survey of rural hospitals that do not routinely provide obstetric care.
Author(s): Mariana Story Tuttle, Mary Gilbertson, Julia D. Interrante, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the ESRD PPS for CY 2021
Comments on a July 13, 2020, Federal Register proposed rule related to Medicare payment policies for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Includes comments addressing the ESRD Quality Incentive Program and changes to geographic area delineations.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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ECHO Diabetes in the Time of COVID-19
A series of 16 free Continuing Medical Education (CME) accredited webinars offering specialty support for primary care providers when addressing the needs of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Stanford University School of Medicine
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Experiences of Community Health Centers in Expanding Telemedicine
Presents an overview of the experiences of nine health centers in California that received funding to increase their telemedicine services. Describes barriers to implementing and sustaining expanded services, including reimbursement policies and other regulatory restrictions. Includes recommendations for health centers and policymakers to promote the use of telehealth services.
Author(s): Lori Uscher-Pines, Jessica Sousa, Alina I. Palimaru, et al.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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