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Resources by Topic: Specialty care

Availability of Respiratory Care Services in Critical Access and Rural Hospitals
Policy brief describing availability of respiratory therapy and therapists in Critical Access Hospitals and in urban and rural Prospective Payment System hospitals. Includes statistics with breakdowns by hospital type and rural or urban location.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Alex Evenson, Ira Moscovice, Zhengtian Wu
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Ensuring Access and Improving Population Health Through Collaboration and Patient - Centered Care Columbia Memorial Hospital, Astoria, OR
Describes Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH), an independent Critical Access Hospital, in Astoria, Oregon that works to ensure access to specialty and primary care for Pacific North Coast and Lower Columbia regions of northwest Oregon. Shares strategies and collaborative efforts to address the community's needs by ensuring access to care, improving population health, and designing consumer driven patient-centered care.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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ESRD Facility Characteristics by Rurality and Risk of Closure
Profiles rural end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities, especially the ones at greatest risk for closure. Examines the facilities' characteristics, quality of care, and distance their patients would need to travel if the facilities should close. Features statistics with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Author(s): Jan M. Eberth, Fozia Ajmal, Kevin Bennett, Janice C. Probst
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services: Virtual Care Strategies
Discusses opportunities to use telehealth to improve healthcare access and delivery to vulnerable rural and urban communities. Includes recommendations from the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities and details the benefits of telehealth services and potential policy solutions such as reimbursement, interaction of state and federal laws, broadband access, and federal research.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: Psychiatry & Mental Health
Shows psychiatry and mental health shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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California Maps: How Many Primary Care and Specialist Physicians Are in Your County?
Maps showing the number of primary care and specialty care physicians providing 20 or more hours of patient care weekly in all 58 counties of California as of 2015. Includes the number of physicians per 100,000 people and total population.
Author(s): Robbin Gaines
Date: 08/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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Practice Characteristics of the Established Physician Workforce in South Carolina: 2009-2015
Examines how South Carolina physicians' employment status, practice settings, number of hours worked weekly, and number of practice sites changed from 2009 to 2015, based on data supplied by physicians when renewing their licenses. Features statistics with breakdowns including counts for Federally Qualified Health Centers or rural clinics and percentages of growth.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce
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Improving Access to High Quality Sepsis Care in a South Dakota Emergency Telemedicine Network
Research and policy brief exploring whether emergency department-based telemedicine networks using real-time access to sepsis experts can improve outcomes and decrease variation in care. Discusses a pilot program for Critical Access Hospitals in South Dakota-based Avera Health's 140-hospital network in 12 states. Includes statistics for patients with positive sepsis screens from Sept. 2016 to March 2017.
Author(s): Nicholas M. Mohr, Brian Skow, Amy Wittrock, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Telehealth Research Center
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Changes in the Physician Workforce in South Carolina: 2009-2015
Summarizes changes in South Carolina's physician workforce, based on data the physicians provided when renewing their licenses in 2009 and 2015. Features statistics including numbers of physicians with breakdowns by specialties, geographic region, and metropolitan, micropolitan, or rural location, as well as gains and losses in rural areas.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: GRECC Connect Project: Connecting Rural Providers with Geriatric Specialists Through Telemedicine
Describes the efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs to support the rural elderly veteran population through implementation of telemedicine services originating at Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECCs).
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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