Rural Communities in the United States Face Persistent Disparities in Access to Orthopaedic Surgical Care
Examines trends in the proportion of orthopedic surgeons practicing in rural areas between 2013 to 2018 using data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Compare National Downloadable File (PC-NDF). Identifies the proportion of rural U.S. counties with access to orthopedic surgeons. Describes the characteristics associated with surgeons practicing in a rural setting.
Author(s): Victoria S. Wu, Jenna E. Schmidt, Tarun K. Jella, et al. Citation: The Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, 431(1), 15-21 Date: 2023 Type: Document view details
Hawai'i Physician Workforce Report
Examines supply and demand of the physician workforce in Hawaii. Includes data about supply per year and by medical specialty, shortages by county, future trends, and solutions to invest in the workforce pipeline.
Date: 12/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: University of Hawai'i System view details
Addressing Behavioral Health Workforce Needs in Kansas
Examines the behavioral health workforce in Kansas by age and rural versus urban geographic distribution. Includes data on population to provider ratios for psychiatrists and licensed special clinical social workers (LSCSWs). Discusses strategies to reduce behavioral workforce shortages such as the utilization of telehealth.
Author(s): Cynthia Snyder, Angela Wu, Hina B. Shah, Wen-Chieh Lin Date: 12/2022 Type: Website Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute view details
National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2022 Update
Action plan outlining 6 goals for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address the challenges facing people with Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD) and their families and to minimize the burden of AD/ADRD. Includes action items related to AD/ADRD data tracking, care, and supports for underserved populations, including rural and tribal communities.
Date: 12/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services view details
Doula Care and Maternal Health: An Evidence Review
Examines the role of doula care in maternal health as well as impacts, challenges, access, disparities, reimbursement, and policy efforts related to maternity/doula care. Includes a county-level U.S. map of maternity care deserts and discussion of rural-specific maternity programs.
Author(s): Kathleen Knocke, Andre Chappel, Sarah Sugar, Nancy De Lew, Benjamin D. Sommers Date: 12/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation view details
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.
Date: 12/2022 Type: Website Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Maternal and Child Health Bureau view details
Report of the (Pennsylvania) Opioid Abuse Child Impact Task Force: Act 2 of 2022
Identifies strategies to mitigate the suffering of Pennsylvania infants and children affected by the opioid epidemic and alcohol abuse. Offers 13 actionable recommendations for consideration by the General Assembly and governor. Mentions rural throughout, and includes county-level maps showing higher rates of opioid use disorder and its consequences in Pennsylvania rural counties.
Author(s): Glenn J. Pasewicz, Allison N. Kobzowicz, Daniel Nguyen, et al. Date: 11/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Joint State Government Commission, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania view details
Patterns of Health Care Use among Rural-Urban Medicare Beneficiaries Age 85 and Older, 2010-2017
Policy brief examining how rural and urban Medicare beneficiaries age 85+ differ in terms of their socioeconomic and health characteristics that may inform healthcare use. Features statistics on trends in healthcare use, including inpatient and emergency department care, outpatient and prescription services, specialists and dentists,
and home health and durable medical equipment, with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Author(s): Yvonne Jonk, Heidi O'Connor, Amanda Burgess, Carly Milkowski Date: 11/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center view details