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Resources by Topic: Specialty care

Improving Access to Evidence-Based Medical Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Strategies to Address Key Barriers Within the Treatment System
Presents a study on the barriers to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Identifies nine common barriers to evidence-based care for people with OUD, including stigma, workforce training, and financial barriers, among others. Includes rural references throughout.
Author(s): Bertha K. Madras, N. Jia Ahmad, Jenny Wen, et al.
Citation: NAM Perspectives
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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Concussion in Rural America: Experts Detail Injury and Recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury
Reports on concussions, or mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), in rural areas. Discusses the impact of these injuries, the role of support networks, TBI training for rural clinicians, rural TBI data, and management of mTBI in rural areas.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on Contract Year 2021 and 2022 Policy and Technical Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D
Responds to a proposed rule to revise regulations for Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D). Provides comments on CMS proposals regarding out-of-network telehealth benefits, updates to the quality rating models for MA and Part D plans, and changes to MA network adequacy standards. Discusses how changes to network adequacy standards would impact access to dialysis facilities for beneficiaries in micropolitan counties, rural counties, and counties with extreme access considerations (CEAC).
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Issue Brief: Creating a High-value Telehealth Strategy
Explores how hospitals can use telehealth services to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. Discusses approaches to deliver telehealth services and provides guidelines to consider when developing a telehealth strategy. Provides examples of how rural hospitals are using telehealth services to meet community needs.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Potentially Avoidable Inter-Facility Transfer from Veterans Health Administration Emergency Departments: A Cohort Study
Presents a study on potentially avoidable inter-facility transfers within Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. Details patient characteristics, such as rurality of residence and age, as well as transfer location characteristics, such as number of beds and median length of stay, among other factors.
Author(s): Nicholas M. Mohr, Chaorong Wu, Michael J. Ward, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 20,110
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
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Texas Optometrists, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends, age distribution, and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of optometrists in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Speech-Language Pathologists, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends, age distribution, and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of speech-language pathologists in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Cancer Surveillance and Access to Care in Rural America
Webinar Recording discusses a study on access to cancer care in rural areas nationally and in South Carolina. Analyzes travel distance to receive care for colorectal and cervical cancer care across the country and compares it to data on access to colorectal cancer care in South Carolina.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 02/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center), Rural Health Research Gateway
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Prevalence of Children Aged 3-17 Years With Developmental Disabilities, by Urbanicity: United States, 2015-2018
Results of a study examining geographic disparities in diagnoses of developmental disabilities and use of related services. Features statistics with breakdowns by prevalence of various conditions and by urban or rural location.
Author(s): Benjamin Zablotsky, Lindsey I. Black
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Texas Speech-Language Pathologists Assistants, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends, age distribution, and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of speech-language pathologists assistants in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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