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Resources by Topic: Technology for health and human services

The State of the Rural Economy in Indiana
Provides an overview of the rural economy in Indiana and includes data on issues such as population, employment and income, education, housing, agriculture, transportation, broadband, immigration, quality of life, and more. Provides county-level economic and demographic data as well as rural versus urban comparisons. Features information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Srikant Devaraj, Dagney Faulk, Michael Hicks, et al.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Ball State University, Center for Business and Economic Research
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Leveraging Electronic Health Record EHR-Sourced Measures to Improve Care Communication and Coordination: Final Recommendations Report
Discusses recommendations developed by a multistakeholder committee for using electronic health record (EHR) data to improve the measurement of care communication and care coordination. Identifies challenges to collecting data in rural areas.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Review of Rural U.S. Economic and Health Care Trends
Reviews recent literature and publicly available data to explore important issues at the nexus of healthcare and local economic vibrancy, and explores the economic implications associated with COVID-19. Includes sections on rural hospitals, the rural healthcare workforce, emergency medical services, insurance, and telehealth. Features statistics with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density and county-level maps showing Health Professional Shortage Areas and rural counties without obstetrical services.
Author(s): Alison Davis
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Economic Analysis of Rural Health
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Telehealth Brings Important Services to Rural Long-Term Care Facilities
Discusses the benefits of telehealth services for residents and staff of rural long-term care facilities. Identifies some of the challenges related to providing these services. Features a New Hampshire skilled nursing facility providing telemental health services, and a Virginia geriatrician helping long-term care facilities address COVID-19 via Project ECHO educational sessions.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Adoption of Telemedicine in a Rural US Cancer Center Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Qualitative Study
Describes the implementation of telemedicine in outpatient oncology clinics affiliated with the Dartmouth Cancer Center that serve rural patients. Discusses findings from interviews with staff, specialty providers, and practice managers, noting challenges to implementation, the need for guidance, and concerns about communication quality.
Author(s): Matthew Mackwood, Rebecca Butcher, Danielle Vaclavik, et al.
Citation: JMIR Cancer, 8(3), e33768
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
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Households in Rural Communities with Persistent Poverty Have Less Access to Internet at Home
Chart depicting internet access in relation to persistent poverty for metro and nonmetro counties based on data from the USDA Economic Research Service and 2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimates.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Adaptations and Innovations for Delivering Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examines disruptions and adaptations in delivering mental health and substance use treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including benefits and challenges of telehealth adoption. Discusses changes to substance use disorder (SUD) and medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment during the pandemic and remaining challenges related to access to remote services.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Home Health Prospective Payment System for CY 2023
Comments on a June 23, 2022, Federal Register proposed rule related to Medicare payment policies for home health agencies. Includes comments regarding the collection of data on the use of telecommunications technology under the Medicare home health benefit and quality measure stratification as a tool to address healthcare disparities and advance health equity.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Behavioral Health Equity for All Communities: Policy Solutions to Advance Equity Across the Crisis Continuum
Identifies overarching strategies to enhance cultural responsiveness and promote equity in behavioral health services across the crisis continuum of care. Discusses how inadequate access to high-quality and culturally responsive behavioral health care has a direct effect on both the frequency and the outcomes of behavioral health emergencies. Describes levers states can use to advance culturally responsive care, including how rural partnerships can ensure that equity strategies will serve the community effectively.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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Advancing Primary Care Innovation in Medicaid Managed Care: A Toolkit for States
Designed to help states leverage their Medicaid managed care contracts and request for proposals (RFPs) to advance primary care innovation (PCI). Outlines strategies for states to conceptualize and design advanced primary care core functions and use managed care contract levers to drive uptake and spread. Provides examples of state approaches, with rural considerations, for identifying and addressing social determinants of health, integrating behavioral healthcare, developing team-based care, implementing technology to improve access, and more.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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