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Healthy Behaviors Claims-Based Report #3 and HRA Completion Report
Provides an overview of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (IHAWP) Healthy Behavior Incentive (HBI) Program. Presents data on completion rates for wellness exams, health risk assessments, or both activities among IHAWP members during the first three years of the program.
Author(s): Brad Wright, Elizabeth Momany, Natoshia M. Askelson, et al.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Iowa Public Policy Center
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Healthy Behaviors Claims-Based Outcomes Report #3 and Healthy Behaviors Modeling Report #2
Provides an overview of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (IHAWP), which expands coverage for low-income Iowans through two programs - the Marketplace Choice and the Wellness Plan - and the Healthy Behaviors Incentive program. Explores the relationship between the completion of health behaviors and healthcare utilization.
Author(s): Brad Wright, Elizabeth Momany, Natoshia M. Askelson, et al.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Iowa Public Policy Center
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Increasing Access to Vaccination Opportunities: COVID-19 Vaccination upon Discharge from Hospitals, Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Facilities
Provides information on how jurisdictions can help hospitals, emergency departments, and urgent care facilities provide COVID-19 vaccinations to patients being discharged. Includes a list of best practices for facilities, information on billing, and more.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Vaccination Administration in the Home
Provides an overview of Medicare payment policies for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines in the home for Medicare patients that have difficulties leaving their homes or are hard to reach. Includes examples of situations in which an additional payment amount applies and information on billing for the additional payment amount.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Faith in Recovery Coalition Offers Hope for Opioid Use Disorder in Fayette County, Ohio
Highlights the Pathways to Recovery program, which works to address opioid use disorder in rural Ohio. Efforts include educating providers and law enforcement, overdose prevention, harm reduction, and recovery support from Peer Support Specialists.
Author(s): Kathryn Rutz
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Demographic Factors Associated With Non-Guideline-Based Treatment of Kidney Cancer in the United States
Results of a study of 158,455 kidney patients, based on data from the National Cancer Database for the years 2010-2017. Examines whether demographic factors are associated with deviation from guideline-based treatment of kidney cancer. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan, urban, and rural location of patients.
Author(s): Jeffrey M. Howard, Karabi Nandy, Solomon L. Woldu, Vitaly Margulis
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(6)
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Behaviors among Rural and Urban Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Summer, 2020
Study examining trends in hand washing, face touching, mask wearing, limited gatherings, and other COVID-19 risk mitigation behaviors that compares urban and rural populations over age 65. Discusses rates of specific mitigation behaviors and breaks down rural population demographics.
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Elizabeth L. Crouch, Jan M. Eberth
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
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Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
Evidence-based resource guide examining telehealth initiatives to treat serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD) based on published research. Topics cover effectiveness of telehealth modalities, implementation of evidence-based practices, examples of telehealth treatment programs, and evaluation resources. Discusses rural-specific concerns throughout the guide.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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State Strategies for Engaging and Leveraging Primary Care Providers as COVID-19 Vaccinators
Summarizes the results of interviews with a sample of state-level stakeholders and findings from research identifying strategies for state officials to engage and support primary care providers and pediatricians as COVID-19 vaccinators. Provides examples of state strategies and discusses future considerations for governors and state officials.
Author(s): Kirk Williamson, Katie Greene, Michelle LeBlanc, Brittney Roy, Hemi Tewarson
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, National Governors Association
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Medicare Payment for Rural or Geographically Isolated Hospitals
Displays data on Medicare payment adjustments for Sole Community Hospitals, Medicare-Dependent Hospitals, Low-Volume Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals. Includes information on the number of qualifying hospitals by state and eligibility criteria.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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