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Resources by Type: Document

Prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries — United States, 2001-2018
Examines prevalence of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis among U.S. people aged 67 or more who were enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and were not enrolled in a health maintenance organization plan. Features statistics with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density.
Author(s): Fang Xu, Susan A. Carlson, Yong Liu, Kurt J. Greenlund
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(19), 698–701
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating: Overview for Flex Programs and Rural Stakeholders
Provides an overview of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Overall Hospital Star Ratings posted on the CMS Care Compare website. Describes the methodology for the Overall Hospital Star Ratings, including information on measure selection, measure grouping, measure group scores and hospital scoring, and peer grouping and star rating assignment. Discusses the implications these ratings have on Critical Access Hospitals and other small rural hospitals.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Vaccinating Rural America: Q&A with Dr. Amanda Cohn
An interview with Amanda Cohn, MD, Chief Medical Officer on the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. Discusses CDC resources, funding, and other support to help organizations increase vaccination rates in underserved communities such as rural, tribal, and communities of color.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Telephone Veteran Peer Coaching for Mental Health Treatment Engagement among Rural Veterans: The Importance of Secondary Outcomes and Qualitative Data in a Randomized Controlled Trial
Presents a study of telephone motivational coaching for veterans receiving primary care in rural VA clinics in Northern California and Louisiana. Compares 272 veterans who screened positive for mental health problems, examining impacts of veteran peer motivational coaching on depression, quality of life, posttraumatic stress disorder, and self-care. Discusses barriers to mental healthcare for rural veterans.
Author(s): Karen H. Seal, Jeffrey M. Pyne, Jennifer K. Manuel, et al.
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
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Healing Our Protectors: Building Resilience Among Tribal Law Enforcement Officers Through Cultural Interventions
Report highlights behavioral health issues facing tribal law enforcement officers, specifically post-traumatic stress disorder. Details common mental health concerns for tribal law enforcement and explores the personal experience of a law enforcement officer who has served tribal communities in a number of positions. Discusses the role of cultural beliefs in behavioral health treatment and support.
Author(s): LaVonne Fox, Leo Belgarde, Sr., Thomasine Heitkamp, et al.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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5G Fund for Rural America
Provides an overview of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) efforts to expand universal service to include telecommunications and high-speed internet services. Describes the 5G Fund, how data will be collected, how funds will be awarded, and the two phases of the program.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Comparison of Maternity Care Training in Family Medicine Residencies 2013 and 2019: A CERA Program Directors Study
Results of a study to examine the effects of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's 2014 update requiring obstetrical experience during family medicine residency training to be changed from a volume-based to a competency-based requirement of 200 hours. Features statistics with breakdowns by 6 levels of community size, ranging from less than 30,000 to more than one million.
Author(s): Julia Fashner, Christina Cavanagh, Aimee Eden
Citation: Family Medicine, 53(5), 331-337
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
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The State of Medicare Supplement Coverage: Trends in Enrollment and Demographics
Provides an overview of Medicare Supplement, or Medigap, coverage and coverage options. Examines the demographics of Medicare enrollees with Medicare Supplement policies and enrollment trends. Includes statistics on rural Medicare Supplement policyholders.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: America's Health Insurance Plans
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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Update 2020
Reports on the percentage of rural Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) and other prepaid enrollment plans by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan location, from 2009-2020.
Author(s): Redwan Bin Abdul Baten, Fred Ullrich, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Health Equity and COVID-19: The Impact of Rural Residence on COVID-19 Disparities
Policy brief discussing rural health disparities, social determinants of health, access to care, and COVID-19 impacts in rural Georgia. Compares rural and urban COVID-19 case and death rates, distribution of cases by race, and disparities in Black and Hispanic rural counties. Offers policy recommendations to address disparities.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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