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Resources by Topic: Statistics and data

Do Hospital Closures Affect Patient Time in an Ambulance?
Examines the impact of hospital closures on patient travel time to an emergency department (ED) by ambulance. Uses national data on hospital closures and hospital-based ambulance services and compares rural/urban differences.
Author(s): SuZanne Troske, Alison Davis
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Rural Hospital Sustainability: New Data Show Worsening Situation for Rural Hospitals, Residents
Reports on an analysis of rural hospital financial viability. Identifies the number of hospitals by state at financial risk of closing and the number by state at high financial risk that are considered essential for community trauma access. Discusses factors affecting rural hospitals' finances and offers recommendations for policymakers and regional/academic partnerships.
Author(s): David Mosley, Daniel DeBehnke
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Navigant
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Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Exploring the Financial Impacts of the Swing Bed Program
Examines the swing bed program in 30 Illinois Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) by analyzing financial indicators, patient outcomes, and community benefits. Includes background information on the swing bed program and data on rural Illinois. Covers demographic statistics for metro and nonmetro counties in 2010 and 2016.
Author(s): Melissa Henriksen, Brian Richard, Jeanna Ballard
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies
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Market Concentration and Potential Competition in Medicare Advantage
Examines competition among Medicare Advantage plans using county-level data on plans offered and enrollment for 2009-2017. Addresses market concentration in rural areas. Discusses the importance of plan competition to keep insurance prices down.
Author(s): Richard G. Frank, Thomas G. McGuire
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Tackling the Primary Care Physician Shortage in Arizona
Summarizes Arizona's primary care physician shortage, identifying rural/urban distribution, reasons for the shortages, and the number of providers needed to eliminate shortages in the state and by tribal nation.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Rural Development Telecom Awards, 2012-17
Bar chart showing total awards and total recipients by year for USDA Rural Development telecommunications programs, with totals including the Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program, Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, Community Connect Grant Program, and Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Rural Population Trends
Highlights an upturn in rural population since 2011-12 due to migration from urban areas. Looks at variations in rural net migration regionally and by race/ethnicity. Also compares population composition by race/ethnicity in 2017 for rural and urban areas.
Author(s): John Cromartie, Dennis Vilorio
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Diabetes Disparities In Illinois
Examines inequalities between access to Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) locations in urban areas and those in underserved or rural areas. Includes a county-level map showing Illinois Health Care Centers and CDSMP locations with breakdowns by county diabetes prevalence.
Author(s): Taylor Jansen, Liliana Aguayo, James Whitacre, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
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Potential Effects of Work Requirements in Montana’s Medicaid Program
Explores the potential impacts of Montana's proposed Medicaid reform legislation, Medicaid Reform and Integrity Act (MeRIA). Reports on Montana residents most likely to be affected by MeRIA's work requirements, and the potential loss of Medicaid coverage and resulting effects. Includes statistics describing the characteristics of Montana Medicaid expansion beneficiaries mostly likely to be impacted by the proposed work requirements by age, race/ethnicity, education, barriers to employment, and rurality.
Author(s): Leighton Ku, Erin Brantley
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Center for Health Policy Research
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Advancing Tobacco Prevention and Control in Rural America
Discusses different contexts for rural tobacco prevention and control, such as sociodemographic risk factors, culture, and infrastructure. Includes statistics on the national prevalence of tobacco users in the past month by rural and urban adults. Describes three types of tobacco control and prevention efforts in rural areas: cessation, prevention of initiation, and smoke free air. Offers recommendation on rural tobacco prevention and control for federal and state agencies, and communities, tribes, and other stakeholders.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Jean A. Talbot, Martha Elbaum Williamson, Karen Pearson, et al.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Network of Public Health Institutes
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