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Resources by Topic: Specialty care

Expanding HIV Care Through Telehealth
Discusses how telehealth programs benefit Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients. Discusses the benefits for rural patients of provider-specialist programs like Project ECHO that offer telementoring to primary care providers and of programs that provide care directly to rural patients via telemedicine.
Citation: CAREAction Newsletter
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Russell County Hospital Listens to their Community to Improve Transitions of Care
Highlights quality improvement activities underway at a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in rural Kentucky. Discusses community collaboration efforts, expansion of specialty services, renovations, a focus on staff satisfaction, and care coordination activities.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Declining Endoscopic Care by Family Physicians in Both Rural and Urban Areas
Results of a study using data from 2014-2016 to determine whether the percentage of family physicians providing endoscopic services has declined in rural as well as urban areas. Features statistics with breakdowns by 3 types of procedures and urban or rural location.
Author(s): Lars E. Peterson, Urooj Nasim, Vashisht Madabhushi
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 32(4), 460-461
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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Geriatrician Roles and the Value of Geriatrics in an Evolving Healthcare System
Research report focusing on how geriatric roles are changing as healthcare systems and organizations reorganize care. Features information on ways telemedicine is used in geriatric care delivery in rural areas, including the TeleECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) model.
Author(s): Timothy Bates, Aubri Kottek, Joanne Spetz
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of California San Francisco Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care
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Access to Primary Care Clinics for Patients With Chronic Pain Receiving Opioids
Results of a study of 194 Michigan primary care clinics, to assess their willingness to continue prescribing opioids to new patients and to determine whether this differs across payer types. Includes statistics on characteristics of clinics accepting new patients currently taking opioids, with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Author(s): Pooja A. Lagisetty, Nathaniel Healy, Claire Garpestad
Citation: JAMA Network Open 2(7)
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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3 Questions to Integrate Substance Use Disorder Services into Primary Care
Fact sheet providing examples of tools and potential mentoring opportunities for providing substance use disorder treatment services in rural areas.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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At the Front Lines in Tennessee: Rural Clinic Offers Trauma-Informed Treatment for Substance Use Disorder
Describes the work of a rural Tennessee physician who uses medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group therapy sessions to treat patients struggling with substance use disorder. Explores the connection between adverse childhood experiences and substance abuse, and stigma associated with seeking treatment.
Author(s): Mariel Gingrich
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Public Meeting, April 4-5, 2019
Includes presentation slides and brief presentation descriptions from a meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) addressing Medicare spending and payment issues. Covers value-based payment, Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) performance, the Medicare Advantage quality bonus program, emergency department spending, post-acute care patient assessment, Medicare Part D drug costs, and payments for rural and low-volume dialysis facilities.
Additional links: Full Meeting Transcript, Improving Payment for Low-Volume and Isolated Outpatient Dialysis Facilities
Date: 04/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Rural Eye Healthcare: Optometrist Explains the Benefits of the Medical Model of Optometry
A rural optometrist from a California Federally Qualified Health Center discusses the connection between vision and overall health and the health benefits that optometric care brings to rural patients. Also discusses additional community health training optometry graduates may consider, such as an Indian Health Service residency program for optometrists.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Teleophthalmology: Ophthalmologists Talk Remote Eye Care Solutions
Discusses the role of remote eye care technology in meeting rural eye care needs. Highlights the use of teleophthalmology in rural Oregon. Features a collaboration of the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Indian Health Service to address diabetic retinopathy using remote surveillance.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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