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Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

COVID-19 ECHO Training
A list of COVID-19 training opportunities delivered via the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) approach.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
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America at a Glance: Early Fears Realized as COVID-19 Surges in Rural Counties
Examines the difference between the expected need for local COVID-19 ICU beds and the number of actual beds available between October 26 - November 8, 2020. Includes a map illustrating the difference at the county level.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, University of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
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COVID-19: Urgent Actions Needed to Better Ensure an Effective Federal Response
Examines the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides an overview of federal actions on healthcare and economic policy areas, including Medicare telehealth waivers and funding to enhance broadband access in rural communities. Offers 11 recommendations to federal agencies and one matter for congressional consideration to ensure an effective government response to COVID-19.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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States Are Getting Ready to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines. What Do Their Plans Tell Us So Far?
Reviews and summarizes COVID-19 vaccination plans from 47 U.S. states and identifies common themes and concerns. Assesses states' progress in key areas: identifying priority populations, identifying the network of providers responsible for administering vaccines, developing the data collection and reporting systems, and laying out a communications strategy for the period before and during vaccination.
Additional links: State Plans
Author(s): Josh Michaud, Jennifer Kates, Rachel Dolan, Jennifer Tolbert
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' Ethical Principles for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, 2020
Discusses four ethical principles that will inform the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations for the initial allocation of COVID-19 vaccine: maximizing benefits and minimizing harms; promoting justice; mitigating health inequities; and promoting transparency. The section on health inequities includes discussion of concerns for rural residents.
Author(s): Nancy McClung, Mary Chamberland, Kathy Kinlaw, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(47), 1782-1786
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Indian Health Service COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Plan
Highlights the Indian Health Service's plan for distributing the COVID-19 vaccination in Indian Country when it becomes available. Discusses the administration, distribution, and prioritization of the vaccine and features planning scenarios and facility planning resources.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties Over Time
Presents charts to compare COVID-19 incidence and mortality rates in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas from April 1 - November 20, 2020.
Author(s): Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Key Considerations for Counties in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans
Information and resources to help counties plan for an equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine at the local level. Covers state distribution plans, background information, and county examples.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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COVID-19 Stats: COVID-19 Incidence, by Urban-Rural Classification — United States, January 22–October 31, 2020
Line chart showing COVID-19 incidence for large central metropolitan, large fringe metro, medium/small metro, and micropolitan/noncore (rural) areas.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(46), 1753
Date: 11/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Multiple COVID-19 Outbreaks Linked to a Wedding Reception in Rural Maine — August 7–September 14, 2020
Reports on a COVID-19 outbreak that began at a rural Maine wedding reception and spread in the local community and to a long-term care facility and a correctional facility in other counties. Discusses the impact of noncompliance with CDC's recommended mitigation measures.
Author(s): Parag Mahale, Craig Rothfuss, Sarah Bly, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(45), 1686-1690
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Outbreak in an Amish Community — Ohio, May 2020
Reports on a COVID-19 outbreak in a rural Ohio Amish community. Discusses access to testing, provision of culturally responsive health education messages, and collaboration among health department staff and community leaders to help overcome cultural barriers.
Author(s): Hammad Ali, Karthik Kondapally, Paran Pordell, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(45), 1671-1674
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool
Provides county-by-county data on the risk level related to COVID-19 of attending an event, given the event size and location. Covers events from 10 to 5,000 potential attendees.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University
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Deaths From COVID‐19 in Rural, Micropolitan, and Metropolitan Areas: A County‐Level Comparison
Presents a study on the difference in rates of mortality from COVID-19 in rural versus urban areas. Discusses the factors that predict COVID-19 mortality, such as elderly populations and limited access to healthcare, among others. Breaks down data in rural, metropolitan, and micropolitan counties and highlights COVID-19 cases, hospital beds, and unemployment rate, among other mortality measures in those counties.
Author(s): Saleema A. Karim, Hsueh-Fen Chen
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
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A SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak Illustrating the Challenges in Limiting the Spread of the Virus — Hopi Tribe, May–June 2020
Reports on an investigation of a COVID-19 outbreak among immediate and extended family and community members of the Hopi Tribe. Describes the public health response, which included support for those in isolation and quarantine and community education and mitigation activities.
Author(s): Jocelyn Hirschman, Harpriya Kaur, Kay Honanie, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(44), 1654-1659
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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CMS Nursing Home Resource Center
Provides information for nursing home providers and CMS partners on regulations and guidance, training and resources, technical information, payment policy, and recent COVID-19 data and related policies. Includes resources and guidance for people in nursing home and their caregivers.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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The Meatpacking Industry in Rural America During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Compares nonmetro counties with over 20 percent of employment in the meatpacking industry to other nonmetro counties, with data on poverty and COVID-19 cases.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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The Journal of Rural Health: COVID-19 and Rural Health
A collection of journal articles published in the Journal of Rural Health that focus on rural health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes articles addressing treatment of COVID-19, health disparities, and healthcare delivery during the pandemic, including the use of telehealth.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Covid-19 Cases Surge Across Rural America
Reports on COVID-19 cases in rural areas between February 20, 2020 and November 15, 2020. Includes maps and charts looking at changes over time, comparing nonmetro to metro cases, and examining rural per capita COVID-19 rates. Based on data collected by the New York Times.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Rural America
Provides an overview of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting rural areas. Includes charts and maps showing the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas and unemployment during the pandemic.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Building Farm Resilience During COVID-19
A collection of resources to help farmers and farm communities manage financial and emotional stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also addresses health and safety for farmers, farmworkers, and customers.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Cornell Small Farms Program
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COVID-19 in Appalachia
Offers information, data, and resources for addressing COVID-19 in the Appalachian region. Includes county level COVID-19 confirmed case counts with economic status and its impact on key socioeconomic indicators. Provides additional information for Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grantees.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Cumulative Confirmed COVID-19 Cases per 100,000 Residents by County on November 2, 2020
Map showing county-level data on COVID-19 cases.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Cumulative Confirmed COVID-19 Cases per 100,000 Residents by County Economic Type and Metro Status on November 2, 2020
Bar chart comparing COVID-19 cases in metropolitan and nonmetro counties by economic type for counties dependent on farming, mining, manufacturing, government, and recreation and for counties that are nonspecialized.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Cumulative Confirmed COVID-19 Cases per 100,000 Residents in Metro and Nonmetro Areas, March 1 to November 2, 2020
Line chart comparing COVID-19 cases in metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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New COVID-19 Cases since March 1, 2020: Comparing Rural Counties with 20 Percent or More Employment in Meatpacking to All Other Rural Counties in the United States
Line chart comparing COVID-19 cases in nonmetro meatpacking-dependent counties to cases in all other nonmetro counties.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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DRCHSD COVID-19 Financial Recovery Series
Recordings of a five-part Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) hospital and clinic webinar series. Presents best practices, opportunities, and strategies for hospital and clinic operations related to COVID-19. Discusses COVID-19 funding management, operational considerations, revenue cycle strategies, and strategic planning.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Crosswalk: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
Lists CMS waivers and flexibilities issued and implemented in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Describes the impact of each provision for rural providers and facilities.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Users can upload their own COVID-19 patient profile data. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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COVID Urban Rural Explorer (CURE)
Provides data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Identifies nonmetro counties experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases, and offers county-level data on cases and deaths, the number of hospital beds, and population density.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Washington State University
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Toolkit for Tribal Communities
Guidance and tools from the CDC to help tribal organizations make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, communicate with members, and protect their communities. Includes guidance and planning documents, fact sheets, social media messaging examples, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19
Overview of how the COVID-19 pandemic can affect disaster preparedness and recovery. Addresses hurricane preparation, lowering risk of COVID-19 in public disaster shelters, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard
Interactive map containing county- and state-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. Illustrates relationships between COVID-19 outcomes and various social determinants of health, such as population density, poverty, underlying health conditions, urban/rural status, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Emory University
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U.S. COVID Atlas
Provides county-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, with the option to view regional clusters and to overlay the map with Native American reservations. Map and related chart can be animated to show changes over time from January 2020 through the present.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of Chicago Center for Spatial Data Science
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COVID Risk Levels Dashboard
Provides state and county-level risk assessments related to COVID-19. Risk levels are based on daily cases per 100,000 population, using a 7 day moving average. Also includes data on case counts and deaths.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Harvard Global Health Institute
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CDC COVID Data Tracker
Provides access to maps, charts, and data from the CDC on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and issues related to COVID-19. Includes data on cases and deaths for each county and nationally for metropolitan compared to nonmetro counties. Provides a mobility section covering transmission and changes in local travel by county and metro/nonmetro status. Also covers many other topics at the state and national level, including testing, demographics, emergency department visits, and more.
Additional links: COVID-19 Integrated County View, Trends in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the United States, by County-level Population Factors
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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SNAP and Food Shopping During COVID-19
Interactive mapping tool depicting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation rates and distribution schedules at the state and county level. Includes data on national COVID-19 cases, states added to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot before and after the pandemic, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
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Preparedness Tools for Healthcare Professionals and Facilities Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources to help healthcare facilities respond to COVID-19 and maintain healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides information for hospitals and clinics, including information on mitigating staff shortages.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 County Reports
Current data on COVID-19 cases for metropolitan and nonmetro counties, as well as a collection of data briefs showing trends in COVID-19 cases over time.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Communication Resources
Resources to help public health professionals, health departments, community organizations, and healthcare systems and providers communicate information about COVID-19. Includes guidance documents, public service announcements, a social media toolkit, images, videos, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Interim COVID-19 Contact Tracing Communications Toolkit for Health Departments
Toolkit designed to help health departments prevent the spread of COVID-19 by providing communication resources related to contact tracing and self-quarantining. Includes talking points, public service announcement examples, sample social media posts, a list of relevant questions and answers, and other resources.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Agriculture Workers and Employers: Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor
Presents guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19 among agricultural workers on farms, ranches, and other sites of agricultural production. Discusses operational planning for cleaning and disinfecting, risk management, and screening.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Labor
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Community and Faith-Based Organizations
Guidance and resources for community and faith-based organizations to help them respond to COVID-19. Covers considerations related to re-opening, ongoing mitigation, cleaning and disinfection, and information for administrators and leaders.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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States Use Appendix K Waivers to Support Home- and Community-Based Services in Response to COVID-19
Provides an overview of how states are utilizing Appendix K waivers to promote flexibility and modify their home- and community-based services for older adults and their family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an interactive map and chart outlining each state's modifications.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes
Provides a compilation of resources and strategies for quality improvement, management, and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes. Includes information on testing, workforce and staffing, infection control, personal protective equipment, patient transfers, telehealth services, vaccination, and more. Includes recommendations and examples from rural areas throughout.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
Provides an overview of waived Medicare regulations in response to COVID-19. Lists waivers that impact all types of providers, including Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, and others. Includes information on changes to telemedicine and quality improvement programs.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
Provides an overview of new rules and temporary regulations that apply to Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Outlines changes related to vaccine access, Medicare telehealth services, workforce and staffing requirements, payment policies, Medicare appeals, and cost reporting.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Indian Health Service - COVID-19 Webinar Recordings
Features a number of webinar recordings of Indian Health Service trainings related to COVID-19. Discusses issues such as emotional well-being, domestic violence, and telebehavioral health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Tribal Communities - Plan, Prepare, and Respond
Guidance for tribal communities on responding to COVID-19. Includes information on cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing, contact tracing, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Conversations - Responding to COVID-19: A Science-Based Approach
Webinar series in which experts in public health, infectious disease, risk communication, and other fields provide a scientific analysis of recent COVID-19 developments. Includes links to presentation slides, recordings, and transcripts addressing topics such as social distancing, crisis standards of care, health equity, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: American Public Health Association, National Academy of Medicine
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Health Center COVID-19 Survey
Presents results from a national survey of health centers regarding COVID-19 patient testing and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on health center operations and health center staff. Examines testing rates and results by race and ethnicity. Includes survey results by state and territory.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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CMS Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities
Lists Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) waivers and flexibilities available to healthcare providers to ensure healthcare access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes blanket waivers and fact sheets for specific types of providers, as well as approved states' other coronavirus 1135 waivers.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Federal Funds Earmarked for Hospitals, Providers, and States
Provides an overview of federal funds allocated to hospitals, providers and states in response to COVID-19. Details the legislative source, amounts, and oversight required for each funding program.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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UMASH - COVID-19 Resources
Presents resources and information pertaining to COVID-19 for farmers and farmworkers in the Midwest. Features national and state-level information for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and North and South Dakota. Includes resources for Spanish speakers.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center
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Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers: Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - (COVID-19)
Supplements general guidance for workers and employers involved in beef, pork, and poultry processing operations. Describes risks for exposure to COVID-19 and offers recommendations for creating a COVID-19 assessment and control plan.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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CMS Open Door Forum Podcast and Transcripts
Provides audio recordings and transcripts of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum calls since October 2016, including the Rural Health Open Door Forums and COVID-19 stakeholder calls.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) COVID-19 Module
Provides information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's LTCF COVID-19 Module for the National Healthcare Safety Network. Includes a variety of resources and training focused on data collection, resident and facility impact, staff and personnel impact, supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), and ventilator capacity and supplies. Offers LTCFs a customized system to track COVID-19 infections and prevention process measures.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Healthcare Safety Network
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DRA's Response to COVID-19
Provides information on DRA programs and initiatives related to COVID-19. Includes a map of COVID-19 cases in the region, as well as county-level planning reports.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Delta Regional Authority
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COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns
Resources and tools to help address healthcare workforce challenges related to the COVID-19 emergency. Addresses training, licensure, scope of practice, liability protection, workforce protection, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
Provides access to U.S. Census Bureau data useful in pandemic-related decision-making. Offers state and county impact planning reports that provide sociodemographic data, including data on at-risk populations, poverty, and health insurance coverage. Also provides data on businesses and employment.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Coronavirus Resources for Local Health
Provides access to county-level data related to the impact of COVID-19 to inform local public health department planning. Includes case counts, trends over time, hospital bed counts, health insurance coverage, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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National Association of County and City Health Officials: Our Response Efforts Around COVID-19
Identifies resources and best practices for local health departments responding to COVID-19.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Society for Human Resource Management: Coronavirus and COVID-19
Guidance for employers related to worker and customer health and safety, working from home, and issues related to COVID-19. Includes information on federal policy changes that impact human resources (HR).
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Society for Human Resource Management
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National Governors Association: COVID-19: What You Need To Know
An overview of federal and state actions to address COVID-19, as well as links to state government pages from each state focused on coronavirus.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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NCSL Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for States
Resources for state legislators and staff to respond to COVID-19 across a variety of policy areas, including healthcare costs and access to care. Includes information on state and federal actions, as well as state quarantine and isolation statutes.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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National Academy for State Health Policy: COVID-19 State Action Center
Examples of how states are responding to COVID-19 with initiatives addressing capacity, health services delivery, health insurance coverage, data collection, and other issues.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): County Response Efforts & Priorities
Resources and information to help counties and the hospitals and public health departments they support address COVID-19.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus
State-by-state information on COVID-19 cases and state policy actions, including emergency declarations, cost sharing for testing and treatment, and other actions. Also provides related state-level data on at-risk populations, healthcare provider capacity, influenza and pneumonia deaths, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: COVID-19
Public health resources and information addressing COVID-19 issues. Includes state and territorial COVID-19 emergency declarations, elective medical procedure guidance, and testing prioritization guidance.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing
Addresses issues related to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) billing during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Covers COVID-19 test specimen collection, diagnostic laboratory services, hospital services, ambulance services, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), telehealth, skilled nursing facility services, home health, and other services.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS: Current Emergencies: Coronavirus Disease 2019
Guidance from CMS for healthcare facilities and labs related to COVID-19. Includes clinical and technical guidance on infection control and prevention for specific types of facilities, information on billing and coding, coverage for services related to COVID-19, and other topics.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Preparedness: How Ready is Your County?
Dashboard assessing each U.S. county's level of preparedness for COVID-19, on a scale from 1 to 100. Takes into account factors including residents' access to care, the risk for severe COVID-19 infections, and the county's overall vulnerability. Incorporates data from a COVID-19 model predicting the impact of the pandemic at the state level to the county level.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: STAT
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Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19
Free online course designed to help licensed non-ICU hospital providers in supporting critical care respiratory therapists, physicians, and nurses in treating patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Topics include principles of mechanical ventilation, ventilator setting and adjustments, troubleshooting tips, and ventilating patients with conditions such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Obstructive Lung Disease.
Author(s): Susan Wilcox, Thomas Piraino
Date: 11/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Harvard University edX
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COVID-19 Curated Data, Modeling, and Policy Resources
Resources related to case counts and testing rates, surveillance sites, COVID-19 diagnosis and test codes, provider capacity and patient needs, tools for identifying at-risk populations, and policy actions aimed at preventing spread of the disease.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica
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COVID-19 Resources for Fire and EMS
Includes links for important federal resources, financial and resource support, first responder behavioral health, and COVID-19 related webinars.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Fire Administration
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COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center
Offers resources and assistance to keep tribes informed on the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain the safety and well-being of tribal populations. Includes updates & communications, community health and advocacy tools, webinars and events, and tribal response plans.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Health Board
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States Waiving In-State Licensure Requirements for Telehealth in Response to COVID-19
State-by-state list with brief descriptions of changes in licensure policy for telehealth professionals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant official declarations and press releases.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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Public Health Foundation: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Training
A list of COVID-19 training opportunities available through the TRAIN Learning Network. Includes training options for public health, healthcare, and emergency preparedness professionals addressing COVID-19, crisis and emergency risk communication, infection control, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Date: 11/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Foundation
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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Data in the United States
Series of data files with cumulative counts of coronavirus cases by state and county, over time. Based on data from state and local governments and health departments collected by the New York Times. Publicly available for noncommercial public use, with attribution. Requires technical and data expertise.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: New York Times
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HealthIT.gov: COVID-19 Response: Tools and Resources for the Health IT and Clinical Community
Health information technology (HIT) resources for reporting and tracking COVID-19, including information and guidance on data standards, coding, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions – Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Information and resources for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) rural health program recipients and stakeholders related to COVID-19 and its impact on rural health programs and rural communities. Addresses funding, telehealth, healthcare delivery, grant-related travel, and grants management. Includes a section with detailed information on the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists
Tools and resources to help dentists respond to COVID-19. Includes information, news, and guidance related to infection control, dental workforce safety, and practice management.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Association
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National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Reviews issues affecting National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps participants and approved sites during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Explains how participants and sites can remain in compliance with NHSC requirements. Also provides information for NHSC applicants about how to complete application requirements.
Additional links: NHSC Service Commitments: COVID-19, Nurse Corps Service Commitments: COVID-19 Information
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Health Service Corps
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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties
Identifies metro and nonmetro counties with one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19. Data is currently updated daily.
Additional links: Animated Map: Counties with COVID-19 Cases, Progression Over Time
Author(s): Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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COVID-19 Cases in Appalachia Map
Map depicts the cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia, as well as the rest of the country for comparison. Highlights confirmed cases and deaths by county.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Resource Center for Physicians
Tools and resources to help physicians respond to COVID-19, including information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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COVID-19 and Surgery
Resources for the surgical community related to the response to COVID-19. Covers clinical issues and guidance, personal protective equipment, regulatory updates, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Surgeons
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HHS OIG: COVID-19 Portal
Information on the HHS response, as well as telehealth cost-sharing information and OIG monitoring of potential fraud related to COVID-19.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Funding for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Provides an overview of philanthropic activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a list of funding related to COVID-19, an analysis of who is providing and receiving grants, and news regarding funding for the COVID-19 response.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Foundation Directory Online by Candid
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FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information and guidance from the FDA related to COVID-19. Provides information on diagnostics, personal protective equipment, and therapeutics, including information targeted to healthcare professionals. Also covers FDA monitoring of products with fraudulent COVID-19 claims.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Food and Drug Administration
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Novel Coronavirus Resources
Collection of COVID-19-related websites and documents prepared by the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), including technical assistance responses, infectious disease resources, and topic collections.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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ASHP COVID-19 Resource Center
Resources to help pharmacists respond to COVID-19. Includes information on treatment options, including off-label treatment considerations.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners
Information for health centers regarding how to prepare for and respond to an outbreak of COVID-19. Includes funding, resources, and information to help health centers meet the needs of their patients, including special populations they serve.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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States Waiving Licensure Requirements/Renewals in Response to COVID-19
State-by-state list with brief descriptions of changes in licensure policy for healthcare professionals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant official declarations and press releases.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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American College of Emergency Physicians: COVID-19
Information to assist with patient care during the response to COVID-19. Addresses clinical assessment and management, testing, emergency department issues, EMS issues, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Emergency Physicians
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IHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information on the federal response to COVID-19 in Indian Country. Addresses testing, access to personal protective equipment, funding, emergency planning, and service delivery.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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SAMHSA: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance and resources to help providers respond to COVID-19 while providing care and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. Includes guidance specific to opioid treatment programs.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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U.S. Digital Response for COVID-19
Resource to help government agencies request assistance with digital projects in response to COVID-19. A request form is available to ask for assistance from qualified volunteers skilled in technology, data, design, and operations.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit
Provides resources from federal government agencies regarding COVID-19. Includes infographics, regulatory guidance, podcast and webinar recordings, and other sources of information for the general public, Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and providers.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Resources for EMS
Resources to help emergency medical services (EMS) personnel appropriately and safely serve communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses EMS workforce protection, patient care, crisis planning, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA Office of EMS
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COVID-19 Related Cybersecurity Information
Resources to help hospitals and health systems mitigate risk related to cybersecurity threats during the COVID-19 response.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources for Community Health Centers
Updates, resources, and information to help community health centers respond to COVID-19. Lists webinars, provider resources, regulatory guidance, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Clinical management, patient education, and preparedness resources to help family physicians respond to COVID-19. Includes updates on payment and telehealth.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Updates and Resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources for hospitals and health systems to help them respond to COVID-19. Includes news from AHA on the latest developments.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Presents an overview of the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak (COVID-19) and shares the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Provides information for healthcare facilities and providers, health departments, communities, and other specific audiences. Includes free communication resources for distribution.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations for Rural Health
Presents information on COVID-19 vaccine implementation planning for rural stakeholders. Describes steps for prioritizing populations and allocations, an overview of distribution and administration, vaccination provider recruitment and enrollment, vaccine storage requirements, concerns about vaccine misinformation, and additional strategies for rural areas. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Medicare and Home Health: Taking Stock in the COVID-19 Era
Provides an overview of the Medicare home health benefit including Medicare financing, demographics of beneficiaries, and the home health workforce. Describes the impact of COVID-19 on the utilization home health services and regulatory changes taken in response to the pandemic. Offers policy recommendations to increase the value of home health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Courtney Harold Van Houtven, Walter D. Dawson
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Association Between Social Vulnerability and a County's Risk for Becoming a COVID-19 Hotspot — United States, June 1–July 25, 2020
Examines associations between social vulnerability and COVID-19 hotspot locations, based on June 1–July 25, 2020 county-level COVID-19 cases and data from the 2018 CDC social vulnerability index. Includes data by level of urbanicity for large metropolitan, small/medium metro, and nonmetro counties. Looks at both social vulnerability overall and specific components, including racial/ethnic minority population, percent of residents who speak English less than well, and housing and transportation vulnerability.
Author(s): Sharoda Dasgupta, Virginia B. Bowen, Andrew Leidner, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(42), 1535-1541
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Critical Gaps in Rural Internet Access for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers: A Call for Partnership with Medical Libraries
Highlights the challenges of reaching migrant and seasonal farmworkers with public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discuses migrants' lack of broadband internet as an inhibitor to migrants' ability to access both healthcare and public health information.
Author(s): Joseph G. L. Lee, Catherine E. LePrevost, Emery L. Harwell, et al.
Citation: Journal of the Medical Library Association, 108(4), 651-655
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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The Evolving Landscape of National Telehealth Policies during a Public Health Emergency: Responsiveness to Rural Needs
Provides an overview of the telehealth policy landscape and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on telehealth utilization. Compares policy recommendations from the Bipartisan Policy Center's Rural Health Task Force to COVID-19-related policy changes. Includes considerations for additional telehealth policy changes.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Hannah Rochford, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Community Collaboration During COVID-19: Reaching Hmong and Latino Residents in a Rural Setting
Describes how local and state organizations collaborated to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in Hmong and Latino populations in rural north central Wisconsin. Discusses the recruitment and training of community liaisons, the impact of the project, and lessons learned.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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State Medicaid Programs Respond to Meet COVID-19 Challenges: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021
Report examines changes taking place in Medicaid programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Features sections on eligibility and enrollment; provider rates and taxes; delivery systems; long-term services and supports; benefits, cost-sharing, and telehealth; and pharmacy cost containment actions. Highlights challenges posed by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and policy changes taken in response to the PHE.
Author(s): Kathleen Gifford, Aimee Lashbrook, Sarah Barth, et al.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Addressing Opioid Overdose Deaths: The Vision for the HEALing Communities Study
Highlights a study on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ongoing HEALing Communities Study (HCS), which began in 2019 with the goal of reducing opioid overdose deaths by 40% over 3 years. Discusses the intersection of the two crises across the country and discusses the variations in rural and urban locations.
Author(s): Redonna K. Chandlera, Jennifer Villani, Thomas Clarke, et al.
Citation: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 217(1),
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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Medicaid Telehealth Policies in Response to COVID-19
Provides an overview Medicaid telehealth policies before and in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Discusses how states have utilized existing flexibilities and PHE-specific federal authorities to increase the number of services, provider types, and other telehealth coverage options under Medicaid.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Reporting Portal
Data collection portal for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) that received funding through the RHC COVID-19 Testing Program. Allows RHCs to report information related to their testing activities as required in the terms and conditions of the program.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organizations: Health Resources and Services Administration, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Demographic Characteristics, Experiences, and Beliefs Associated with Hand Hygiene Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020
Reports findings from an Internet-based survey of U.S. adults related to hand hygiene following contact with high-touch public surfaces. Includes information on hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, with data by rural/urban residence.
Author(s): Mark É. Czeisler, Amanda G. Garcia-Williams, Noelle-Angelique Molinari, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(41), 1485-1491
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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One Health: Bringing Health to Humans, Animals, and the Environment
Provides an overview of the One Health approach, which focuses on the inter-relationship between human, animal, and environmental health. Discusses the relevance of One Health in rural areas and offers examples of issues this approach can help address, such as zoonotic disease like COVID-19, food safety and security, and antimicrobial resistance. Highlights federal agencies and national organizations with One Health activities and initiatives.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Tele‐ICUs for COVID‐19: A Look at National Prevalence and Characteristics of Hospitals Providing Teleintensive Care
Discusses a study on the prevalence of intensive care unit telemedicine (tele-ICUs) in hospitals across the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Compares hospitals by region, ICU beds, and emergency visits, among other measures.
Author(s): Dunc Williams Jr., John Lawrence, Young-Rock Hong, Aaron Winn
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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Characteristics Associated with Adults Remembering to Wash Hands in Multiple Situations Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, October 2019 and June 2020
Reports on adults' remembering to wash their hands in six situations: before eating at home; before eating at a restaurant; before preparing food at home; after using the bathroom at home; after using the bathroom in public; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. Based on survey data from prior to the COVID-19 pandemic (October 2019) and during the pandemic (June 2020). Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Julia C. Haston, Gabrielle F. Miller, David Berendes, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(40), 1443-1449
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Impact of Coronavirus on Households in Rural America
Reports on the experiences of rural households during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses impacts on finances, employment, healthcare, housing, food, and child care. Concerns related to healthcare include access to care during the pandemic, concerns for those with special health issues such as chronic conditions, and use of telehealth.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Public Radio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Half of Rural Residents at High Risk of Serious Illness Due to COVID-19, Creating Stress on Rural Hospitals
Highlights a study on the risk of hospitalization due to a serious illness caused by COVID-19 in rural communities. Compares rural areas with metro and micropolitan areas. Makes policy recommendations regarding supply chain and financial assistance policies.
Author(s): Brystana G. Kaufman, Rebecca Whitaker, George Pink, G. Mark Holmes
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 36(4), 584-590
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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More COVID-19 Cases per Capita in U.S. Metro than Nonmetro Areas, but the Share of Cases in Nonmetro Areas Is Increasing
Line chart showing COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in metropolitan and nonmetro areas from March 1 through September 1, 2020.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Association Between Population Mobility Reductions and New COVID-19 Diagnoses in the United States Along the Urban-Rural Gradient, February-April, 2020
Examines whether changes in population mobility are correlated with the rate of new COVID-19 cases in U.S. counties. Includes county-level maps with rural/urban comparisons.
Author(s): Xiaojiang Li, Abby Rudolph, Jeremy Mennis
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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Supporting CAHs During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Summary Results of a Survey of State Flex Coordinators
Summarizes key findings from a survey of State Flex Programs regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Describes the type of support and assistance requested by CAHs, promising strategies State Flex Programs used to support CAHs, and how State Flex Programs are planning for CAH needs after the pandemic.
Author(s): John Gale, Zacharia Croll, Yvonne Jonk, Sara Kahn-Troster, and Karen Pearson
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations
Offers state, tribal, territorial, and local public health programs guidance on planning and implementing COVID-19 vaccination programs within their jurisdictions. Provides information on identifying critical populations, recruiting and retaining providers, allocating and distributing COVID-19 vaccines, and more. Includes rural considerations.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Preliminary Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot
Reports cases and hospitalization data for Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with COVID-19. Includes data on beneficiary demographics, case and hospitalization trends, and the prevalence of chronic conditions among beneficiaries hospitalized for COVID-19. Compares COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates by state and rural and urban status.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness
Up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. Includes resources for emergency medical services, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings. Addresses a wide range of topics including healthcare operations, space, supplies, funding, and more.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group
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Rural COVID Research and Figures
A collection of reports and visualizations examining the impact of COVID-19 on rural areas, including rural hospital and community vulnerability, hot spots, and more.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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COVID-19 Growth in Rural Counties
Map showing the change in per capita COVID-19 cases in the last week for rural counties.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Rural and Urban COVID-19 Hot Spots
Line chart showing COVID-19 cases per capita over time for selected rural and urban hot spots. Rural hot spots include Western Kansas and Oklahoma, Southern Minnesota, Central Iowa, and Central Mississippi.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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COVID-19 Data from the National Center for Health Statistics
Provides access to state and county provisional death counts for COVID-19, as well as national and state data on mental health and healthcare access. Also offers guidance on cause-of-death certification for COVID-19.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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COVID-19 Resources on Vulnerable Populations
A collection of federal COVID-19 resources for those working with vulnerable populations, including people living in rural areas, older adults, those with underlying medical conditions, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. Offers information for healthcare professionals, researchers, community partners, consumers, and patients.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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NACCHO Local Health Department COVID-19 Directory
Directory of statewide and local health department (LHD) contacts for COVID-19 information. Includes hotlines, email addresses, and websites focused on COVID-19.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Health Departments: Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan: Overview
Provides a foundation for state, territorial, local, and tribal agencies' identification and investigation of patients with confirmed and probable diagnoses of COVID-19, and identification and monitoring of their contacts who have been exposed to the virus. Includes recommendations for roles and responsibilities for key public health officials and methods for investigating COVID-19 cases.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Hospital Interventions for COVID-19: Resources and References
Provides resources to help hospitals and health systems assist rural communities by increasing access to healthcare, delivering care, and enhancing public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to webinars, podcasts on rural hospital interventions, case studies, and more.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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COVID-19 State Emergency Response: Temporarily Suspended and Waived Practice Agreement Requirements
Provides information about temporary changes to regulations related to nurse practitioners' scope of practice, supervision, and protocol requirements in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the Atlantic Territories. Features an interactive map showing full practice states, those that have waived or suspended some or all practice agreement requirements, and those that have taken no action.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions
Presents a state-by-state evaluation of current COVID-19 interventions and their effect on the spread of the virus as well as the economy. Compares projections with current data and analyzes the way interventions are affecting the course of the pandemic and the economy.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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COVID-19 Information for Ag Workers
Highlights information and resources related to COVID-19 for farmers and farmworkers in the Great Plains region. Features resources and frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
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COVID-19 in Rural America: Impact on Farms & Agricultural Workers
Fact sheet highlights the impact of COVID-19 on American farms, farmworkers, and rural areas broadly. Details information about protective equipment, housing, and unemployment benefits, among other factors.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
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State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit: Policy Considerations for States Expanding Use of Telehealth, COVID-19 Version
Identifies policy areas that states should address in order to facilitate the expansion of telehealth services within the Medicaid and CHIP programs. Includes a customizable checklist and worksheet for next steps for each policy area. Provides resources on federal telehealth policies and updates as a result of COVID-19.
Additional links: Supplement #1
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Access to National Academies reports, virtual events, and resources focused on COVID-19. Covers COVID-19 spread and treatment, as well as related issues such as clinician well-being, crisis standards of care, and transportation impacts.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: COVID-19
Provides resources and guidance on the treatment of pregnant patients related to COVID-19. Addresses clinical information, practice management, and more.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency
Explains the expansion of the CMS Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers under the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Explains eligibility for the payments and offers a step-by-step guide on how facilities can request accelerated or advance payment. As of October 8, 2020, CMS will no longer accept applications for accelerated or advance payments related to the COVID-19 PHE.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CDC: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Presents resources for emergency preparedness and response pertaining to the COVID-19. Features an information exchange, webinars, trainings, and other resources for healthcare professionals and first responders.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information, Materials and Services for Those Who Work in the Agricultural Industry
Highlights information and resources pertaining to COVID-19 for those working in the agricultural industry. Features agriculture-specific information as well as general information guides in both English and Spanish.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health
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Project N95: The National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse
Clearinghouse to help healthcare providers and facilities request needed personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, surgical masks, isolation gowns, and ventilators. A request form is available, and the expectation is that PPE will be available in the coming weeks and will be distributed where it is most urgently needed.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
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State COVID-19 Response Resources
A list of state government pages focused on response to COVID-19, with information on state guidance, resources for healthcare providers in the state, and state monitoring.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Telehealth Coverage Policies in the Time of COVID-19
Summary of telehealth services that are covered by various public and private payers related to COVID-19. Includes information on state and federal actions. Updated with new information and new policies as the situation develops.
Additional links: COVID-19 Related State Actions
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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State Offices of Rural Health Helping the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic
Describes ways State Offices of Rural Health are addressing COVID-19, such as helping establish rural clinics for future vaccination sites, providing healthcare providers with training and equipment, and more. Includes examples from North Carolina, Kentucky, North Dakota, New Jersey, and Texas.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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VA Video Connect for Clinical Care in Older Adults in a Rural State During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cross-Sectional Study
Highlights a study on the ability of older veterans to use the VA Video Connect (VVC) app for telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breaks down data by race, age, and rural versus urban location, among other factors.
Author(s): Kalpana P Padala, Kerrie B Wilson, Heath Gauss, Jessica D Stovall, et al.
Citation: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(9), e21561
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Wabanaki Public Health Serves Native People, Community, and Culture During COVID-19 Crisis
Features a Maine public health agency that serves five tribal communities and has used federal funding to address a wide range of health issues, including responding to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses initiatives focused on food access, support for elders, and substance use treatment.
Author(s): Kathryn Rutz
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Key Considerations for Counties in COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plans
Describes the county role in the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Discusses aspects of vaccine distribution identified in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention playbook and key considerations for counties related to each aspect. Identifies next steps for counties and provides a list of resources.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Taskforce on Telehealth Policy (TTP) Findings and Recommendations
Report from the Taskforce on Telehealth Policy (TTP) examining the rapid expansion of telehealth use during the COVID-19 pandemic and possible permanent shifts in telehealth policy. Offers findings and policy recommendations related to patient safety, program integrity, data flow and care coordination, quality measurement, cost of care, and overarching issues.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alliance for Connected Care, ATA, National Committee for Quality Assurance
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The Impact of Coronavirus on Households Across America
Examines the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. households. Covers health, economic, and work-related impacts and related issues such as broadband access. Includes a section on problems specific to rural households. A separate report is available that focuses specifically on rural impacts of COVID-19.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Public Radio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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COVID-19: Federal Efforts Could Be Strengthened by Timely and Concerted Actions
Examines key actions the federal government has taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Identifies lessons learned and issues that require continued attention by federal policymakers. Details recommendations to prepare for and improve the ongoing federal response.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Delay or Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19-Related Concerns — United States, June 2020
Results of a web-based survey administered from June 24-30, 2020, exploring delays in routine or emergency medical care, due to closure of facilities or fear of exposure to COVID-19. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by urban or rural location.
Author(s): Mark E. Czeisler, Kristy Marynak, Kristie E.N. Clarke, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(36), 1250-1257
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Contact Tracing: Training New Workers and Connecting with Rural Residents
Discusses the role contact tracing plays in preventing further spread of the coronavirus in rural communities. Highlights an IHS hospital in Arizona and its in-person contact tracing initiative. Also covers contact tracing training strategies, featuring the work of Alaska's AHEC program, a center for public health in Washington, and a national public health foundation.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COVID‐19 Death Rates Are Higher in Rural Counties With Larger Shares of Blacks and Hispanics
Highlights a study on the COVID-19 mortality rate of rural U.S. counties based on their racial/ethnic composition. Compares mortality rates of all nonmetro counties from March 2-July 26, 2020 and looks at the number of Black and Hispanic populations in those counties.
Author(s): Kent Jason G. Cheng, Yue Sun, Shannon M. Monnat
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Timing of State and Territorial COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders and Changes in Population Movement — United States, March 1–May 31, 2020
Reports on changes in population movement relative to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders issued from March 1 through May 31, 2020, based on anonymized location data from mobile devices. Includes data by county urban-rural classification using Rural-Urban Continuum Codes.
Additional links: Supplementary Table: Sample Size by Date of Stay-at-Home Order and Rural-Urban Strata
Author(s): Amanda Moreland, Christine Herlihy, Michael A. Tynan, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(35), 1198-1203
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Reveals Emerging Opportunities for Rural Public Health
Explores potential and existing public health innovations that rural communities can implement to address challenges brought on or exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, including lack of funding for local health departments, insufficient broadband, and more. Describes the expansion of telehealth services, discusses rural/urban disparities, and offers recommendations for improvement.
Author(s): Angela Dearinger
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 110(9), 1277-1278.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Quality Payment Program - COVID-19 Response
Provides an overview of Quality Payment Program flexibilities for healthcare providers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to each relief program.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Health Departments
Offers guidelines, tools, and resources to help state, local, and tribal health departments respond to COVID-19. Provides information on surveillance, contact tracing, infection prevention, community mitigation, public health workforce, and more. Includes a searchable collection of resources created by health departments.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials
Provides recommendations to help state and local officials determine the level of mitigation needed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in nursing homes. Discusses criteria to inform decisions for relaxing restrictions, considerations for allowing visitation, and recommendations for restarting survey activities. Includes a chart outlining the criteria for reopening nursing homes at each phase of the "Opening Up America Again" framework.
Additional links: Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CARES Act Provider Relief Fund
Outlines the funding allocated in the CARES Act to hospitals and healthcare providers for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue due to COVID-19. Includes an overview of the specific allocations for rural providers and the Indian Health Service. Provides links to the terms and conditions and payment allocation methodologies for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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AHRQ's Easy-to-Understand Telehealth Consent Form
Provides a sample telehealth consent form and guidance for healthcare providers to utilize with patients. Includes information on how to adapt the consent form prior to use and how to document informed consent.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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The Community Planning Framework for Healthcare Preparedness
A tool for community planners to help improve healthcare preparedness and delivery during a pandemic or other public health emergency. May be used to enhance existing community plans for medical surge or to develop new plans.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Planning Resources by Setting: Hospitals and Healthcare Systems
Details the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's emergency preparedness and response resources for hospitals. Features tools, reports, and guidance for hospitals during an environmental or public health emergency.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Federal Emergency Management Agency: Training and Education
Information and resources for the training of first responders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Features information for emergency managers, tribal representatives, and volunteer agencies.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Training for Healthcare Professionals
Recorded webinars, online courses, and other training for healthcare professionals related to COVID-19. Addresses clinical care, infection control, personal protective equipment (PPE), nonpharmaceutical interventions, and emergency preparedness and response.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Development COVID-19 Response
Find the latest information on USDA Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and other USDA Rural Development actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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COVID-19 and the American Workplace
Information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19 related to wages and hours worked.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Labor
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AMA Telehealth Quick Guide
Presents information to aide physicians and practices implementing telemedicine amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an overview of telemedicine policies and payment guidelines. Outlines key considerations regarding vendor selection, workflow, and patient care.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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Using Telehealth to Care for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
An overview of resources and tools to help providers use telehealth to care for patients while keeping staff safe. Includes resources to help quickly set up telehealth, as well as information on payment, legal issues, Medicare services, and more.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Preparing Rural Healthcare Systems for COVID-19 Surge
#RuralHealthChat discusses the COVID-19 pandemic in rural communities and potential strain on rural healthcare systems. Features experts from the Healthcare Resilience Working Group, the National Association of Rural Health Clinics, and the Center for Preparedness and Response, among others.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Lessons Learned: Pediatric Tele-Mental Health in a Rural Medical Center in the Age of SARS-CoV-2
Explores a study on the use of telemedicine to expand mental healthcare access to rural children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses implementation concerns such as a need to protect patient privacy and expand internet-based infrastructure.
Author(s): Komal Satti, Olutosin Ojugbele
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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Law and Epidemic Emergency Preparedness (LEEP) Online Training
Online training that explores provisions and concepts applicable to epidemic response, including challenges faced during the 2014 Ebola response, and applies them to future infectious disease emergency response planning. Examines legal underpinnings of emergency preparedness and response systems, what actions are allowed, and ways to minimize legal barriers to large-scale communicable disease response. Requires free registration.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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America at a Glance: Social Isolation and Loneliness During the First Wave of COVID-19
Explores how COVID-19 and related stay-at-home orders contributed to feelings of social isolation and loneliness among people with disabilities. Compares feelings of social isolation and loneliness among urban and rural groups before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the possible impact of technological accommodations on these feelings.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, University of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
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Health Conditions and an Older Population Increase COVID-19 Risks in Rural America
Examines the influence of age and pre-existing health conditions on the likelihood of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 infection in rural America. Compares COVID-19 case rates and deaths by metropolitan status. Includes county-level maps on estimated risks among those infected with COVID-19 and current incidence.
Author(s): Kenneth M. Johnson
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Letter to the HHS Secretary Regarding Notice to States on Unwinding the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Discusses recommendations the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) has for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding guidance to states in advance of the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Describes the effect of the PHE on Medicaid operations, time frames for converting policies authorized under disaster flexibilities to other authorities, and the impact of constrained state resources on state administrative capacities.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Nursing Home Strategies for COVID-19 Only Isolation of COVID-19 Residents
Identifies flexibilities available to state Medicaid agencies to increase payment for nursing homes during the COVID-19 public health emergency to support enhanced infection control practices. Highlights examples of approved payment models in Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons — 23 States, January 31–July 3, 2020
Examines the cumulative incidence in 23 states of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people, compared with rates among non-Hispanic White people. Discusses possible causes for the elevated incidence of COVID-19 in AI/AN populations.
Author(s): Sarah M. Hatcher, Christine Agnew-Brune, Mark Anderson, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(34), 1166-1169
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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From the Frontline of COVID-19: Impact on a Critical-Access Hospital
Podcast exploring the impact of COVID-19 on a Critical Access Hospital pharmacy's operations. Discusses the role of pharmacists in caring for COVID-19 patients at CAHs and and offers lessons learned.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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Addressing Rural Health Disparities in a Pandemic
Public Health Review podcast in which 3 speakers discuss the impact of COVID-19 on rural health infrastructure and workforce. Describes how to improve conditions in rural communities, increase access to quality healthcare, and implement innovative strategies for health workforce recruitment and retention.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Telemedicine: What Should the Post-Pandemic Regulatory and Payment Landscape Look Like?
Discusses changes to telemedicine regulation and payment policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, examining the effects of these temporary changes in relation to the broader issues that telemedicine policy addresses. Explores possible long-term options for insurers and regulators and offers policy recommendations.
Author(s): Ateev Mehrotra, Bill Wang, Gregory Snyder
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Trends in Number and Distribution of COVID-19 Hotspot Counties — United States, March 8–July 15, 2020
Examines trends in the location of COVID-19 hotspot counties, counties that had increasing case numbers and incidence. Includes maps identifying hotspot counties for specific time periods. Provides data on COVID-19 hotspot alerts for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore counties.
Author(s): Alexandra M. Oster, Gloria J. Kang, Amy E. Cha, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(33), 1127-1132
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, June 24-30, 2020
Reports on the number of adults experiencing elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19. Features statistics on self-reported incidence of anxiety or depressive disorder, trauma- and stressor-related disorder (TSRD) related to the pandemic, and substance use, with breakdowns by rural or urban residence.
Author(s): Mark E. Czeisler, Rashon I. Lane, Emiko Petrosky, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(32),1049-1057
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Living and Learning Through COVID-19 - Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital
Profiles how two CAHs in rural Lincoln County, Oregon, prepared for and responded to a COVID-19 outbreak. Discusses steps taken to address staffing, supply chain, and cultural awareness challenges that emerged during the pandemic.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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American Indian and Alaska Native People: Social Vulnerability and COVID-19
Details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tribal areas and the social vulnerability of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Discusses poverty, household composition, and transportation access, among other factors.
Author(s): Elizabeth D. Hathaway
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Guidance for Community Providers
Highlights guidance and support for community providers caring for veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses care specifically for COVID-19 and general care during the pandemic. Includes training and best practices for clinicians.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Rural-Urban Mental Health Disparities in the United States During COVID-19
Explores rural and urban mental health access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the expanded use of telehealth, the lack of broadband access, and mental health provider shortages in rural areas.
Author(s): Nicole M. Summers-Gabr
Citation: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(S1), S222-S224
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Rural Communities
Guidance and resources from the CDC to help rural communities respond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information for public health professionals, rural healthcare systems and providers, community-based organizations, rural residents, and businesses. Also addresses risk to COVID-19 in rural communities related to rural health disparities, healthcare infrastructure issues, and the presence of agricultural and food processing industries.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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US Public Health Response to COVID-19 and Chronic Disease: Continuing the Commitment to Improve Population Health
Special supplement comprising peer reviewed articles related to different communities' responses to COVID-19 and other pandemics. Includes commentaries on cultural matters, use of telehealth and other types of technology, and methods of serving specific populations.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
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Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Provides guidance and resources from the CDC for healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities related to COVID-19. Includes information on patient care, protecting patients and workers, and more.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Healthcare Facility Onboarding Checklist
Provides a checklist for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to streamline the onboarding process when surge staffing is needed in response to COVID-19. Identifies a three-phase approach that can also apply in response to natural disasters, catastrophic events, and other public health emergencies. Includes links to related resources.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Rural Health and COVID-19
Information to help hospital and health system emergency planners and state and local public health emergency planners understand the challenges rural communities face related to COVID-19. Addresses issues facing healthcare facilities and those related to at-risk residents. Includes proposed solutions and mitigation steps.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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NIEA Advocacy to Address COVID-19
Provides legislative updates and resources supporting tribes, tribal schools and communities, and states to ensure they have the means to address COVID-19.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Education Association
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FEMA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Information and resources on how FEMA is assisting state, local, tribal, and territorial governments related to the Nationwide Emergency Declaration for COVID-19. Includes best practices section where communities can share their experiences and learn from others.
Additional links: Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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COVID-19 Resources
Information and resources to help rural communities and healthcare providers address and respond to COVID-19. Includes links to state resources.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages
CDC guidance to help healthcare facilities mitigate healthcare personnel staffing shortages related to COVID-19.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Health Care and COVID-19 Policy Snapshot
Provides an overview of short- and long-term state policy options to support rural healthcare facilities and improve access to care in rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes examples for each policy option presented.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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Key Characteristics of COVID-19 Patients: Profiles Based on Analysis of Private Healthcare Claims
Analyzes private health insurance claims to describe key characteristics of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 between January-May 2020. Characteristics explored include age, gender, rural versus urban area by age, venue of care where first diagnosed, venue of care by age, comorbidities of hospitalized patients, and median costs of hospitalization.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: FAIR Health
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Oversight Hearing on "Preparing to Head Back to Class: Addressing How to Safely Reopen Bureau of Indian Education Schools."
Webinar recording presents an oversight hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on both the closing and planned reopening of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Features testimonies by representatives of the Bureau of Indian Education, the National Indian Education Association, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Examines some of the health concerns of successfully reopening BIE schools, such as physical and mental health safety and support.
Additional links: David Yarlott, Jr. Testimony, Marita Hinds Testimony, Tony Dearman Testimony
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Barriers & Challenges to FQHC Use of Telehealth for Substance Use Disorder: An Examination of Policies Affecting FQHCs Pre- and During the COVID-19 Emergency
Describes barriers for implementing telehealth medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) prior to COVID-19 in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and where entities received funding from the Health Resources Services Administration for substance use disorder projects. Includes analysis on the policies that have impacted FQHCs' ability to deliver MAT via telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and features a chart showing changes to Medicare and Medicaid telehealth policies for FQHC MAT services.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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The Role of Public Health in COVID-19 Emergency Response Efforts From a Rural Health Perspective
Examines the difficulties rural communities face in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the southeastern region of the U.S. Discusses the COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index, a tool that analyzes epidemiological factors, socioeconomic status, and other indicators to determine which communities are at an increased risk of COVID-19.
Author(s): Sandra Melvin, Corey Wiggins, Nakeitra Burse, Erica Thompson, Mauda Monger
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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CDC COVID-19 Response Health Equity Strategy: Accelerating Progress Towards Reducing COVID-19 Disparities and Achieving Health Equity
Provides an overview of the CDC strategy to improve health outcomes for populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including people living in rural and frontier areas, racial and ethnic minorities, and other populations. Describes four priorities: expanding the evidence base; addressing testing, contact tracing, isolation, healthcare, and recovery; supporting essential and frontline workers to prevent transmission of COVID-19; and developing an inclusive workforce to address the diverse U.S. population.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Matters - Coronavirus and the Navajo Nation
Presents a first-hand account of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Navajo Nation. Discusses the social and environmental factors that contribute to the spread of the virus.
Author(s): Heather Kovich
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 383, 105-107
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Estimated County-Level Prevalence of Selected Underlying Medical Conditions Associated with Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness — United States, 2018
Reports on the estimated number and proportion of people with certain underlying medical conditions that put them at risk for severe COVID-19. Provides county-level maps with data on adults with any of these conditions: chronic respiratory conditions, heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or obesity. Also discusses the prevalence of underlying conditions in rural counties.
Author(s): Hilda Razzaghi, Yan Wang, Hua Lu, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(29), 945-950
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Engaging With Communities - Lessons (Re)Learned From COVID-19
Discusses health disparities in the U.S. and offers recommendations for community engagement and partnerships in public health to achieve and maintain improved health outcomes, especially among vulnerable populations. Offers examples of community, local health department, and other partner's efforts to respond to COVID-19, including activities implemented in tribal and rural settings.
Author(s): Lloyd Michener, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Philip Alberti, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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America at a Glance: COVID-19 and Disability in Rural Areas
Summarizes results of a survey exploring rural and urban differences in COVID-19 health risks, adherence to public health recommendations, and trust in different information sources among individuals with disabilities. Includes recommendations for how to better communicate health information to at-risk populations.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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The Influence of Telehealth for Better Health Across Communities
Describes the use of Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO), a videoconferencing peer learning application used by healthcare providers in predominantly rural areas of Missouri for the treatment of COVID-19–positive patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD, and hypertension. Discusses implications for public health and ways to optimize health system performance.
Author(s): Jane A. McElroy, Tamara M. Day, Mirna Becevic
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Population Point Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Based on a Statewide Random Sample — Indiana, April 25–29, 2020
Reports on estimated prevalence of current or previous SARS-CoV-2 infection in late April 2020 among Indiana residents 12 years of age and older. Includes data for urban, rural/mixed, and rural areas.
Additional links: Erratum
Author(s): Nir Menachemi, Constantin T. Yiannoutsos, Brian E. Dixon, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(29), 960-964
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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EDF Presents: Supporting Rural Veterans & Caregivers During COVID-19
July 14, 2020 webinar recording discusses rural veterans' healthcare access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights some of the challenges in accessing care specific to rural veterans. Includes information about access to broadband, telehealth, and travel time, among other factors. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Elizabeth Dole Foundation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Advance Care Planning: New Realities in Times of COVID-19
Examines the challenges of advance care planning, planning for decision-making in times of medical crisis, due to COVID-19. Shares insights from clinicians and others involved in helping rural patients.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COVID-19 and Rural Harm Reduction Challenges in the U.S. Southern Mountains
Explores the relationship between drug use and COVID-19 infections in the Southern Mountains region of Appalachia. Highlights the changes caused by COVID-19 and the challenges harm reduction programs face in providing services, such as syringe exchanges, naloxone access, and COVID-19-related services.
Author(s): Bayla Ostrach, Lesly-Marie Buer, Sam Armbruster, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Rural Health Care Delivery Organizations and COVID-19: Major Challenges and Implications for Health Care Management Education and Training
Discusses the curtailing of healthcare management education and training due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Explores ways to enhance connections between universities and rural hospitals to facilitate rural healthcare management training.
Author(s): Steven Howard, Michael Counte, James Mikes, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Key Considerations for Transferring Patients to Relief Healthcare Facilities when Responding to Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States
Guidance for state and local emergency medical planners and healthcare facilities, including facilities in rural areas, around patient safety and relief healthcare facility operations. Addresses considerations around the transfer of patients, staff, and supplies between healthcare facilities to optimize patient care, balance resources, and minimize use of crisis care standards.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Access to Health Care
Discusses the short and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare access and affordability. Provides information on unemployment, health insurance, hospital and physician practices, and related legislative responses. Includes policy recommendations to increase and maintain access to healthcare and help sustain rural and safety-net hospitals.
Author(s): Bethany Cole
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Social Insurance
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Oversight Hearing on "Evaluating the Response and Mitigation to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Native Communities" and Legislative Hearing to Receive Testimony on S. 3650
Presents the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing on the response to COVID-19 in tribal communities. Features testimony from representatives from the Indian Health Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, and the National Indian Health Board.
Additional links: Lisa Elgin Testimony, Michael D. Weahkee Testimony, Robert J. Fenton, Jr. Testimony, Scott J. Davis Testimony
Date: 07/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Provision of Pediatric Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Assessment of Capacity Among Pediatric Immunization Providers Participating in the Vaccines for Children Program — United States, May 2020
Reports on the capacity of pediatric healthcare practices to provide immunization services to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a survey of practices participating in the Vaccines for Children program conducted May 12–20, 2020. Includes data for urban and rural provider practice locations.
Author(s): Tara M. Vogt, Fan Zhang, Michelle Banks, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(27), 859-863
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 and Rural EMS
Webinar presented July 7, 2020, describing ways in which the pandemic is affecting rural emergency medical services (EMS). Explores adjustments being made by rural ambulance services, examines innovations related to EMS COVID-19 response, and lists resources available to rural EMS and ways that Flex Programs can support these services.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Telemedicine Services During COVID‐19: Considerations for Medically Underserved Populations
Discusses the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and details some of the barriers to its use in underserved communities. Highlights the lack of broadband internet in rural areas and on tribal lands, as well the lack of technological capability among older people.
Author(s): Tasha Woodall, Melinda Ramage, John T. LaBruyere, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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New and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)
Provides an overview of changes to Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) requirements and payment policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information on exceptions to the productivity standards for RHCs during the public health emergency. Discusses new payments for telehealth services, the expansion of virtual communication services, the revision of the home health agency shortage requirements for visiting nursing services, and accelerated or advance payments.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities ― United States, April-May 2020
Provides data from 28 states on the number of meat and poultry processing facilities affected by COVID-19, characteristics of affected workers, and COVID-19–associated deaths among workers. Data on cases and deaths through May 31, 2020 were obtained from 239 affected facilities. Also describes interventions and prevention efforts at these facilities.
Author(s): Michelle A. Waltenburg, Tristan Victoroff, Charles E. Rose, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(27), 887-892
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Pennsylvania Hospital Transitions HRSA-Funded Program to Online Services and Addresses COVID-19 Stress
Features Butler Memorial Hospital and how it adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights the switch to online delivery for a chronic disease project funded by a HRSA Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant. Also describes initiatives to address healthcare workforce stress, help patients use tablets to visit with loved ones, and distribute healthy food to the community.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COVID-19 And The Financial Viability Of US Rural Hospitals
Examines the financial pressures on rural hospitals and how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting hospital finances. Discusses a decline in revenue due to cancelled elective services and increased spending on equipment such as personal protective equipment (PPE) to address COVID-19. Identifies potential policy options to help rural hospitals and maintain rural healthcare access.
Author(s): Ge Bai, Gerard F. Anderson
Citation: Health Affairs Blog
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19: Maternal and Child Health During COVID-19
Provides information and resources regarding pregnancy, maternal, and neonatal health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes examples, tools, and policies from hospitals nationwide on mitigating risk in labor and delivery, visitation policies, utilizing remote resources, racial disparities, and more.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative - COVID-19 Tribal Elder Resources
Features resources and information for Native American elders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides guidance pertaining to social distancing, food security, and mental health for Native elders.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
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Telehealth.HHS.gov
Features information about U.S. government efforts to support and promote telehealth services, including information on how to start a telehealth program, billing and reimbursement, and policy changes related to COVID-19.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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USDA Food and Nutrition Service - FNS Response to COVID-19
Offers links for resources related to child nutrition programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and USDA food programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
Identifies funding, training, technical assistance, and other federal resources to help rural communities respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Programs are listed by audience for for-profit businesses; agricultural producers and ranchers; state, county, and local government; nonprofits; cooperatives; individuals; healthcare facilities; and tribes and tribal organizations.
Additional links: En Espanol
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) COVID-19 Response
Updates from weekly listening sessions with the fifty State Offices of Rural Health to identify the rural health challenges and opportunities related to COVID-19. Also includes resources useful in the COVID-19 response.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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HRSA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting HRSA programs. Addresses a wide range of concerns for the various programs HRSA supports, including information on policies, funding, and more.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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COVID-19 Rural Health Daily Digest
List of new policies, regulations, and other information to help rural healthcare providers as they respond to COVID-19. Updated daily.
Author(s): Kevin J. Bennett, Michele Stanek, Megan Weis, Samantha Renaud
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of South Carolina Center for Rural & Primary Healthcare
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Progression of COVID‐19 From Urban to Rural Areas in the United States: A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Prevalence Rates
Presents a study on the spread of COVID-19 from urban to rural areas. Highlights the change in rates of prevalence of COVID-19 in rural counties over the course of 3 weeks. Breaks down data by age, race, and co-occurring conditions of people in rural and urban counties.
Author(s): Rajib Paul, Ahmed A. Arif, Oluwaseun Adeyemi, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 36(4)
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Improving Mental Health Care by Understanding the Culture of Farming and Rural Communities
Session one of a four-part webinar series on the interplay of COVID-19 and the mental health crisis in rural and agricultural communities. Discusses co-occurring substance use disorders, telehealth, and provider compassion fatigue, among other issues.
Additional links: Session 2: Approaching and Treating Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities, Session 3: Providing Mental Health Telehealth Services in Farming and Rural Communities, Session 4: Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities: Assessment, Ethics, and Preventing Compassion Fatigue
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network, Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Telehealth in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Implications for Rural Health Disparities
Investigates the potential effects of telehealth implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic on rural health disparities. Includes discussion on telehealth initiatives and barriers to accessing broadband, and provides recommendations for researchers and policymakers.
Author(s): Kelly A Hirko, Jean M Kerver, Sabrina Ford, et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 & Rural Health Equity in Northern New England
Studies the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on health equity for rural communities of Northern New England. Discusses health systems, social service organizations, and communities' responses to the pandemic; efforts to protect vulnerable populations; telehealth; financial impacts on healthcare organizations; and more.
Author(s): Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Anne Sosin
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Equity and Rural Empowerment Initiative
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Systematic Review of Clinical Insights into Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19) Pandemic: Persisting Challenges in U.S. Rural Population
Examines the pathogenesis and transmission of COVID-19 together with pharmacological and non-pharmacological intervention strategies to lessen the clinical symptoms and signs of the virus. Assesses the challenges of the pandemic in rural areas and its effect on rural populations.
Author(s): Hari Vishal Lakhani, Sneha S. Pillai, Mishghan Zehra, Ishita Sharma, Komal Sodhi
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(12), 4279
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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The Unique Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults in Rural Areas
Describes the unique risks and challenges older adults in rural areas face related to COVID-19. Discusses access to healthcare, the ability of rural providers to meet the needs of COVID-19 patients, and the socio-economic effects of the pandemic on rural older adults.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith
Citation: Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 32(4-5), 396-402
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Telehealth Availability in US Hospitals in the Face of the COVID‐19 Pandemic
Highlights a study on hospital readiness and capability to provide healthcare services via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the factors that affect telehealth capability and compares hospitals in rural and urban areas and by census region.
Author(s): Neeraj A. Puro, Scott Feyereisen
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Integrating Telemedicine for Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Primary Care: Beyond the COVID Pandemic
Discusses adapting expanded telehealth services used during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). Highlights the successes of telehealth expansion during COVID-19 and suggests ways it could be used to increase access to medication treatment for OUD.
Author(s): Yih-Ing Hser, Larissa J. Mooney
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19: Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts
Provides an overview of key federal actions and spending allocations in response to the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Identifies challenges related to federal actions including the Payment Protection Program, economic impact payments, and Medicaid's Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) formula. Offers lesson learned from the initial pandemic response and recommends areas for further legislative action.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Interim Final Rule on Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Comments on a May 8, 2020, Federal Register interim final rule addressing flexibilities for providers in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Discusses payments for audio-only telehealth services, expanded reporting requirements for nursing homes related to COVID-19, and adjustments to the Medicare Shared Savings Program methodology.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Identifying Vulnerable Rural Populations During COVID-19: The CDC's Social Vulnerability Index
Issue brief describing the multifactor Social Vulnerability Index (SVI), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify rural populations at greatest risk of impact by hazardous events, including natural disasters and pandemics. Examines ways in which the SVI can be used to determine which populations have high risk of spreading COVID-19 and which populations have high risk of infection.
Additional links: NOSORH COVID-19 Data Tool
Citation: NOSORH Issue Brief, 2(4)
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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COVID-19 and Health Disparities in the United States
Examines the socioeconomic and health disparities that have contributed to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic for certain populations, including rural residents and Native Americans, as well as other groups. Offers policy recommendations to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, covering topics related to healthcare access, data collection, protecting frontline workers, and the social determinants of health.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HIV Medicine Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America
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State Efforts to Expand Medicaid Coverage & Access to Telehealth in Response to COVID-19
Describes how state Medicaid agencies have expanded coverage and access to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how state and federal governments have supported the implementation of, and promoted patient access to, telehealth services.
Author(s): Madeline Guth, Elizabeth Hinton
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Nursing Homes & COVID-19
Describes the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and nursing homes, including county-level maps. Summarizes federal guidance, regulatory actions, and resources for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and SNFs. Provides an overview of nursing home provisions in federal legislation related to the pandemic. Shares a case study on expanding testing in long-term care facilities in Linn County, Oregon.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Grants Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations for Health Center Boards
Identifies five principles for health center board members to consider regarding the oversight and management of grant funds received by health centers related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Jansen Otterness, Scott Gold
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: BKD, National Association of Community Health Centers
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Spatial Disparities in Coronavirus Incidence and Mortality in the United States: An Ecological Analysis as of May 2020
Explores the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S. Details the virus's relation to different levels of socioeconomic status by mapping the spacial patterns of its spread through both rural and urban communities. Aims to inform first responders and policy makers.
Author(s): Charlie H. Zhang, Gary G. Schwartz
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Community Susceptibility and Resiliency to COVID‐19 Across the Rural‐Urban Continuum in the United States
Presents a county-level susceptibility scale for COVID-19. Highlights 7 susceptibility factors related to health and socioeconomic resiliency and discusses the different vulnerabilities of rural and urban communities.
Additional links: COVID-19 Susceptibility Map
Author(s): David J. Peters
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Strategies to Manage Financial Operations During COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Presents a five-part podcast series for health centers on financial management during the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery. Includes discussions on staffing considerations, provider relief funding, and grants management.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organizations: BKD, LLP, National Association of Community Health Centers
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Telehealth: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presents the June 17, 2020, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on the growth of telehealth service delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes testimonies from representatives of the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth, the American Telemedicine Association, Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Making Telehealth Flexibilities Permanent: Legislation or Regulation?
Provides an overview of telehealth flexibilities that were initiated in response to COVID-19, and what legislation or regulatory changes are necessary for the changes to become permanent.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Using Telehealth to Expand Access to Essential Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Guidance from the CDC on the use of telehealth to provide virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides an overview of telehealth, discusses potential benefits and uses of telehealth, and identifies potential limitations.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Public Attitudes, Behaviors, and Beliefs Related to COVID-19, Stay-at-Home Orders, Nonessential Business Closures, and Public Health Guidance — United States, New York City, and Los Angeles, May 5–12, 2020
Reports on results of a survey of support for stay-at-home orders and nonessential business closures and adherence to COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. Includes brief discussion of differences among rural and urban area respondents related to use of cloth face coverings.
Author(s): Mark É. Czeisler, Michael A. Tynan, Mark E. Howard, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(24), 751-758
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recommendations: Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare
Offers recommendations for healthcare facilities on how to resume non-emergent, non-COVID-19 healthcare in states and regions entering Phase II of the Opening Up America Again framework. Discusses guidelines related to preserving surge capacity and other facility considerations, COVID-19 testing capacity for patients and staff, personal protective equipment and supplies, workforce availability, and sanitation protocols.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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The Importance of Video Visits in the Time of COVID-19
Highlights the importance of video-to-home telemedicine (VTH) for maintaining mental healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the usefulness of VTH in expanding access to mental healthcare broadly, as well as some of the infrastructure-based limitations that currently exist.
Author(s): Jan A. Lindsay, Julianna B. Hogan, Anthony H. Ecker, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Barriers to Telemedicine Implementation in Southwest Tribal Communities During COVID-19
Explores some of the barriers to expanding telemedicine to tribal communities in the Southwestern U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses some of the existing health and infrastructure disparities faced by the tribes and details both the need for telemedicine and the barriers to providing it.
Author(s): Janessa M. Graves, Jessica L. Mackelprang, Solmaz Amiri, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Rural Housing in the Time of COVID-19
Recording of a June 9, 2020 livestream conversation on the effect of COVID-19 on rural housing and inequities. Features experts on homeownership and rental housing, community development, rural data, and rural poverty. Part 2 focuses on policies to address rural housing challenges during the pandemic.
Additional links: Part 2, June 16, 2020
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Daily Yonder, Housing Assistance Council, Rural Assembly
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Already in Fiscal Crisis, Rural Hospitals Face COVID-19
Summarizes a May 29, 2020, webinar on rural populations' vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses rural hospital closures, rural demographics and healthcare disparities, access to broadband and telehealth services, and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model. Includes a recording of the webinar.
Author(s): Hoag Levins
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
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Changes in Medicaid Telehealth Policies Due to COVID-19
Provides an overview of how states have used Medicaid program flexibilities to promote the use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Catalog lists state-specific telehealth policies on services and specialties eligible for telehealth delivery, eligible providers, telehealth service modalities, originating site and licensure rules, and reimbursement.
Additional links: Catalog
Date: 06/2020
Type: Database
Sponsoring organizations: Mathematica, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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The Health Center Program and Increasing Access to Comprehensive Care Through the Use of Telehealth: An Update During COVID-19
Describes the increased use of telehealth services by health centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how health centers' use of telehealth services have changed since 2016. Compares how rural and urban health centers use telehealth services and technologies.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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CMS Innovation Center COVID-19 Flexibilities
Shares flexibilities and adjustments to current and future Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) models in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Addresses changes related to financial methodologies, quality reporting, and model timelines.
Additional links: CMS Model Flexibilities Table
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Susceptibility of Southwestern American Indian Tribes to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19)
Discusses the risk of COVID-19 for American Indian tribes in the Southwestern U.S. Provides a historical perspective regarding the spread of pandemics among Southwestern tribes and discusses the current social determinants of health for American Indians in the area.
Author(s): Monika Kakol, Dona Upson, Akshay Sood
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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NRHA COVID-19 Technical Assistance Center
Supports the needs of rural providers and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assists rural healthcare organizations through financial consultations, operational support, and help obtaining essential medical resources, including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control Deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes
Provides guidance to state survey agencies on nursing home infection control surveys in response to COVID-19, CARES Act funding, enhanced enforcement for infection control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Organization support in preventing COVID-19 transmission in nursing homes.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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The Universal Service Fund and COVID-19: The FCC and Industry Response
Provides an overview of three Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Universal Service Fund programs and actions taken through these programs in response to COVID-19. Describes actions taken through the Rural Health Care Program to promote access to telehealth services during the public health emergency.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Rural Practice Management Considerations for COVID-19
May 13, 2020 webinar describing how one independent rural physician is navigating COVID-19 related challenges including financials, practice workflow, and reopening concerns. Includes information about payment policies for telehealth and recommendations for training staff members in telehealth procedures.
Author(s): Beverly Jordan
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers
Introductory online course available for health agencies to train new COVID-19 contact tracers. Includes state and local specific training on jurisdiction-specific protocols. Requires registration, but is freely accessible.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Simulation in Motion – Nebraska (SIM-NE) - COVID-19
Features resources for rural emergency medical services and protocols for minimizing infection and protecting healthcare workers.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: University of Nebraska Medical Center
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AgriSafe Learning: COVID-19 Rapid Response
Online learning opportunities and resources for farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, and others involved in agriculture related to COVID-19.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: AgriSafe Network
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies
Highlights recommendations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for state Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information regarding the use of telehealth by Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Finding Innovation and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Provider Telehealth Innovations & How-To Guide for Thinking Sustainably
Provides guidance on how providers can focus on sustainability of telehealth services during a period that is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides examples of how providers, including those in rural settings, are adapting their practices.
Additional links: A Sustainability How-To Guide for Providers of Telehealth, Telehealth and COVID-19: Provider Innovations and the Need to Think Sustainably, Telehealth and COVID-19: What Practitioners Need to Know
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Rural Health and COVID-19
Webinar recording discusses the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in rural communities in the areas of healthcare and human services. Features presentations by representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Additional links: Audio Recording, CDC Rural Health Resources, Presentation Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 05/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Finding Innovation and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Rural Health Organizations Are Adapting Their Program Strategies
Summarizes a series of virtual peer learning sessions in response to COVID-19 for current Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program, Rural Health Network Development, Small Healthcare Provider Quality Improvement, and Delta States Rural Development Network program grantees. Provides an overview of common themes that emerged from the sessions. Discusses the challenges and innovations made to implement rural health and public programs across six areas: community health workers, data collection and evaluation, virtual trainings, peer support services and recovery supports, telehealth utilization, and schools.
Additional links: Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Adjusting Approaches to Data Collection and Utilization, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Peer Support and Recovery Services in a Virtual Environment, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Strategies for Supporting Community by Maintaining Work With Schools, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Taking Community Health Worker Practice Virtual, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Using Telehealth in New and Improved Ways to Meet Emerging Needs, Guide for Planning and Hosting an Effective Virtual Meeting/Training Event
Author(s): Tanisa Adimu, John Butts, Coleman Tanner, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Federal COVID-19 Emergency Actions
Provides an overview of telehealth-related federal policies taken in response to COVID-19, when these actions will expire, and what actions could be taken to make these changes permanent.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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COVID-19 and Rural Hospital Struggles
Recording of a May 14, 2020, webinar on health care delivery and financial challenges facing rural hospitals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Features leaders from health systems in Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Telehealth & COVID-19: Policy Considerations to Improve Access to Care
Discusses the negative effects of the novel coronavirus on the provision of healthcare services, especially for linguistically and medically underserved individuals, including rural and Latino populations. Highlights issues with existing telehealth infrastructure and offers policy recommendations to expand telehealth services and provide increased access to care.
Author(s): Yohualli Balderas-Medina Anaya, Laura Martinez, Arturo Vargas-Bustamante, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture
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RCAP Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Rural and Tribal Water and Wastewater Systems
Provides data and statistics on the financial impact of COVID-19 on water and wastewater systems in rural and tribal communities, with survey responses obtained from 49 states and Puerto Rico. Includes information on staffing issues, sustainability, estimated revenue loss, and more. Offers links to individual fact sheets on survey responses from states and the nation as a whole, as well as a webinar discussing survey methodology and results.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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Fact Sheet for State and Local Governments: CMS Programs & Payment for Care in Hospital Alternate Care Sites
Provides information for state and local governments developing alternate care sites (ACS) to increase hospital capacity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic on how to seek payments for acute inpatient and outpatient care through CMS. Includes information on 1135 waivers, Medicare hospital enrollment, and flexibilities for healthcare providers delivering patient care during the public health emergency.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Projected Deaths of Despair from COVID-19
Report looks at the potential effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the rates of deaths of despair, or those related to drugs, alcohol, and from suicide. Discusses potential increases in rates and details a number of policy solutions to prevent an increase in deaths.
Author(s): Stephen Petterson, John M. Westfall, Benjamin F. Miller
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Graham Center, Well Being Trust
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COVID-19: Telehealth and Virtual Care Best Practices
Provides an overview of how hospitals and health systems are using telehealth services and online tools to address COVID-19. Describes how to utilize online assessment tools, remotely care for patients, protect healthcare workers, and leverage telehealth services vendors. Includes links to additional resources throughout.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Impact of COVID-19 on School Nutrition Programs: Part 2
Uses survey responses to discuss impacts of COVID-19 closures on school nutrition programs and identify current methods used to provide students with food while social distancing. Provides data breakdowns on the provision of emergency meal assistance, financial impacts, and other related information by geographic location, including large cities, suburbs near large cities, small cities or towns, and rural areas. Includes a ranked list of concerns, comparing responses from March 2020 and May 2020.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: School Nutrition Association
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COVID-Related Funding Accounting and Cost Reporting Issues
Position paper outlining issues related to accounting and cost report treatment of funding streams from legislation related to COVID-19. Suggests positions providers may consider or discussions they should have with financial advisers.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Broadband Connectivity and COVID-19: The FCC's Response
Describes the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically regarding internet access and network reliability. Outlines waived regulations and extended deadlines for several programs, including the Rural Health Care program.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Delivery of VA Telehealth Services During COVID-19
Provides an overview of veterans' access to telehealth services provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the funding opportunities through the CARES Act and the Connected Care Pilot Program that aim to assist veterans with obtaining telehealth-related infrastructure during the pandemic.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Telehealth and Patient Safety During the COVID-19 Response
Discusses the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and presents safety protocols to transition care from telehealth to in-person treatment. Looks at the ways telehealth is used as a substitute for regular visits, as well as for monitoring the virus.
Author(s): Neal Sikka, Joel Willis, Eleanor Fitall, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Patient Safety Network
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COVID-19 in Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Counties
Slides illustrating metropolitan and non-metropolitan differences in coronavirus cases and deaths. Includes information on average cases and deaths per 100,000 people as well as rate of increase in cases and deaths, with data current as of May 14, 2020.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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County-Level 14-Day COVID-19 Case Trajectories
Explores the 14-day trend in COVID-19 cases in every U.S. county. Analyzes the trends by county type: metropolitan, nonmetropolitan, or noncore. Includes county-level maps.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Temporary Policy Changes for Certain Foreign Medical Graduates During the COVID-19 National Emergency
Policy memorandum offering guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers in regard to H-1B foreign medical graduates who received a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement through practicing medicine in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Provides information on assessment of full-time work requirements for these physicians during the pandemic, and outlines circumstances in which they are allowed to offer telehealth services.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season
Provides information and guidance for emergency managers on how FEMA plans to adapt hurricane response and recovery operations related to COVID-19. Includes checklists and resources to help emergency managers adapt their response and recovery plans.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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COVID-19's Current Impact on Rural Healthcare Delivery: Q&A with Brock Slabach
An interview with Brock Slabach, the National Rural Health Association's Senior Vice President for Member Services. Discusses the impact of COVID-19 on rural healthcare facilities, policy changes impacting rural providers, collaboration among rural communities to help share solutions, and the use of telehealth during the pandemic.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Will Community Health Centers Survive COVID-19?
Evaluates the financial vulnerability of rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the importance of FQHCs to rural and underserved communities and makes suggestions to fortify FQHC revenue.
Author(s): Brad Wright, Erin Fraher, Marni Gwyther Holder, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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High COVID-19 Attack Rate Among Attendees at Events at a Church — Arkansas, March 2020
Reports on the spread of COVID-19 in a rural Arkansas church in March 2020, as well as spread within the community that was linked to the church.
Author(s): Allison James, Lesli Eagle, Cassandra Phillips, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(20), 632-635
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Telehealth in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Veteran and Military Beneficiaries
Presents a study on the use of telehealth to provide mental healthcare to rural veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the Veterans Health Administration and the Defense Health Agency's use of telehealth and telemental health and their effectiveness in treating rural veterans.
Author(s): Robert D. Shura, Timothy W. Brearly, Larry A. Tupler
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 and Rural America: How Can Philanthropy Respond?
May 12, 2020 webinar providing a national overview of how philanthropy in rural America is responding to COVID-19 with new initiatives and more flexible processes. Includes a report on expanding and coordinating local resources to meet the needs of older people, and the impact of the new regulations for telemedicine during the emergency and the prospect of providing expanded services in rural areas.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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Addressing Social Isolation for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis
Describes the impact of social isolation brought on by the novel coronavirus on older adults' health and wellbeing. Provides examples of state efforts to address social isolation for older adults, and recommends activities and other resources to foster safe socialization during the pandemic.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: ADvancing States
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COVID-19 Presents Significant Risks for American Indian and Alaska Native People
Discusses the disproportionate risks American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides race/ethnicity breakdowns for risk of serious illness after contracting COVID-19 and uninsured rates among nonelderly individuals. Includes the percent of COVID-19 deaths and cases, as well as the percent of the total population made up by AI/AN individuals for Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, and other states.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Telehealth Implementation Quick Guide – COVID-19 Resource Packet
Provides an overview of reimbursement and legal considerations for telehealth use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presents operational guides for telemedicine and telephonic visit implementation and sample workflows. Includes links to technical assistance and federal information resources.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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The State of Broadband Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presents the May 13, 2020, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on maintaining and expanding high-speed and reliable broadband access during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Examines the impact CARES Act funding directed to support broadband initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels. Testimonies include discussion of challenges and policy options for broadband access in rural areas.
Additional links: Competitive Carriers Testimony, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association Testimony, Public Knowledge Testimony, USTelecom - The Broadband Association Testimony
Date: 05/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
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Statewide Stay‐At‐Home Directives on the Spread of COVID‐19 in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties in the United States
Explores the rate of COVID-19 cases by county in states with stay-at-home directives and attempts to chart their effectiveness in slowing the spread of the disease. Compares rates in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties.
Author(s): Ge Lin, Tonglin Zhang, Ying Zhang, Quanyi Wang
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Rapid Deployment of a Statewide COVID‐19 ECHO Program for Frontline Clinicians: Early Results and Lessons Learned
Evaluates Project ECHO as a model for the dissemination of information to rural providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Focuses on the Oregon ECHO Network's creation of a COVID-19 ECHO program for frontline clinicians. Breaks down the program's development, participants, and curriculum.
Author(s): Anna L. Steeves-Reece, Nancy C. Elder, Tuesday A. Graham, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Unequal Distribution of COVID‐19 Risk among Rural Residents by Race and Ethnicity
Presents a study on the COVID-19 risk in rural communities by race and ethnicity. Highlights the different issues that effect health outcomes of people of color and Indigenous people living in rural areas in light of COVID-19.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Mariana Tuttle, Katy B. Kozhimannil
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Guidance for Law Enforcement and First Responders Administering Naloxone
Provides guidance for naloxone administration by law enforcement and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details recommendations for administering both intranasal and intramuscular naloxone.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services
May 8, 2020, video provides answers to common questions about the expansion of Medicare telehealth services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a discussion of the changes as they relate to Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Details on HHS' Distribution of Emergency Funds to Hospitals with High COVID-19 Admissions and Rural Providers
Provides an overview of the methodologies the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will use to distribute COVID-19 related funding to hospitals with high numbers of COVID-19 admissions, rural hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, and health centers. Includes a comparison of the terms of conditions of the different CARES Act funding programs.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes
Provides an overview of a May 2020 CMS interim final rule outlining COVID-19 infection control, surveillance, and reporting requirements for nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Discusses updates to the "COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes." Includes responses to Frequently Asked Questions regarding long-term care facility requirements for reporting confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Conversation with State Leaders About COVID-19
Recording from a May 1, 2020 webinar describing Minnesota's efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic in rural areas. Offers discussion on the impact of the state's response on rural residents, including issues related to rural healthcare, agriculture, child care, and more. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Removing Regulatory Barriers to Telehealth Before and After COVID-19
Explores historical state and federal barriers to implementing telehealth services to their full capabilities. Examines how regulatory flexibilities provided for telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic may impact the use of telehealth service delivery in the future. Discusses rural access to broadband internet and includes other rural references throughout. Offers policy recommendations and lessons learned during the pandemic response.
Author(s): Nicol Turner Lee, Jack Karsten, Jordan Roberts
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Brookings Institution, John Locke Foundation
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Mental Health in a Pandemic: Q&A with Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt
An interview with Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center co-directors Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses telehealth, economic insecurity, broadband, and mental health under COVID-19 and self-isolation.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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National Resource Center on Native American Aging - COVID-19 Resources
Provides links to resources and guidance for Native American elders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information about the pandemic, as well as recommendations for elders.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Resource Center on Native American Aging
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Being African American and Rural: A Double Jeopardy from COVID-19
Presents the particular risk rural African Americans face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the social determinants of health driving the disparities faced by rural African Americans and how they affect COVID-19 outcomes.
Author(s): Lakshay Sood, Vanita Sood
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Suicide in the Time of COVID-19: A Perfect Storm
Examines the risk of suicide in rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Looks at suicide rates in Kentucky and nationally and discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially increase those rates.
Author(s): Sabrina Brown, Donna L. Schuman
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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A Pandemic of Body, Mind, and Spirit: The Burden of "Social Distancing" in Rural Communities During an Era of Heightened Suicide Risk
Discusses the potentially heightened risk of suicide in rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examines how decreased access to mental healthcare, economic stress, stigma, and social isolation could increase the risk of suicide in rural areas.
Author(s): Natalie B. Riblet, Susan P. Stevens, Bradley V. Watts, Brian Shiner
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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CMS Expands Telehealth, Tweaks Medicare ACOs in Latest Regulatory Package
Provides an overview of proposed CMS regulations regarding COVID-19 and their impact on ACOs. Discusses deferring risk level increases for 2021, suspending the 2021 application cycle, disregarding COVID-19 costs in financial calculations, and more.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
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Coronavirus Small Hospital Improvement Project (SHIP) - Hospital Feedback
Provides responses from 52 rural hospitals participating in the Coronavirus Small Hospital Improvement Project (SHIP), including reports on their experiences, challenges, and needs related to COVID-19. Contains data from April 29, 2020, on the percent of hospitals that treated COVID-19 patients or were required to make staffing changes, including temporary furloughs, reduced hours, and staff re-assignments. Top concerns include loss of revenue, personal protective equipment shortages, lack of testing supplies, and surge planning, among others.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Treating COVID‐19 in Rural America
Explores the challenges of treating COVID-19 in rural hospitals. Highlights the difficulty of conducting clinical trials to identify an effective treatment for COVID-19 in small rural hospitals.
Author(s): Dima Dandachi, Rebecca Reece, Elizabeth W. Wang, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Illuminates Persistent and Emerging Disparities among Rural Black Populations
Highlights the health disparities faced by rural African American populations in the southern U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic. Explores how the convergence of state-level policies and sociodemographic factors are affecting health outcomes of rural Black populations during the pandemic.
Author(s): Whitney E. Zahnd
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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The Health and Economic Impacts of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions to Address COVID-19
Provides decision-makers with state-by-state public health and economic data to review when considering modifying interventions designed to protect communities against the spread of COVID-19. Includes an interactive tool to model the impact of policy changes. Evaluates and compares the efficacy of several policy interventions.
Author(s): Raffaele Vardavas, Aaron Strong, Jennifer Bouey, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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CMS COVID-19 Telehealth Policy Updates to Medicare
Recording from a May 1, 2020 webinar provides an overview of telehealth policy changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the CARES Act, Medicare updates, and state actions. Describes Medicare guidance to FQHCs and RHCs regarding telehealth services. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Metropolitan/Nonmetropolitan COVID-19 Confirmed Cases and General and ICU Beds
Policy brief analyzing the number of hospital beds and cases of COVID-19 during the period from April 13, 2020 to April 19, 2020, to assess what impact the disease might have on rural facilities. Features statistics for counties with and without general and intensive care unit (ICU) beds, with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Public Health Response to the Initiation and Spread of Pandemic COVID-19 in the United States, February 24–April 21, 2020
Identifies factors that contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020. Discusses transmission due to travel, large gatherings (including a funeral in rural Georgia), high-risk workplaces such as rural meatpacking facilities, densely populated areas, and unrecognized transmission related to limited testing and asymptomatic and presymptomatic spread.
Author(s): Anne Schuchat
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(18), 551-556
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities ― 19 States, April 2020
Examines COVID-19 cases among workers in 115 meat and poultry processing facilities reported by 19 states. Discusses factors potentially affecting risk for infection, including difficulties with workplace physical distancing and hygiene and crowded living and transportation conditions. Includes recommended changes to address these issues.
Author(s): Jonathan W. Dyal, Michael P. Grant, Kendra Broadwater, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(18), 557-561
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Physician Support Line
Free and confidential peer support for physicians to discuss immediate life stressors with volunteer psychiatrist colleagues. Available 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM EST.
1-888-409-0141
Date: 05/2020
Type: Hotline
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COVID-19 in Rural America - Is There Cause for Concern?
Issue brief comparing incidence of COVID-19 cases and deaths in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties in the United States. Features statistics including numbers of cases and deaths in the top 5 metro and nonmetro counties as of April 27, 2020, and average COVID-19 cases and deaths per 100,000 people and rates of increase in deaths, with breakdowns by metro and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Rachel Fehr, Jennifer Kates, Cynthia Cox, Josh Michaud
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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National Alliance on Mental Health: COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
Provides guidance on maintaining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Features frequently asked questions and a number of contacts for more information.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Alliance on Mental Health
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COVID-19 and the Indian Health Service
Discusses how the Indian Health Service (IHS) has been impacted by COVID-19. Describes concerns some tribes have, including the IHS testing capacity for COVID-19, workforce shortages, and lost revenue at IHS facilities. Outlines federal funding efforts to enhance the IHS COVID-19 response.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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An Older Population Increases Estimated COVID-19 Death Rates in Rural America
Examines the influence of age structure and other factors on the spread of coronavirus in rural areas of the U.S. Compares the incidence of the virus and the estimated mortality rates due to the virus in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Kenneth M. Johnson
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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COVID-19 Materials Developed for Tribal Use
Presents a number of resources for tribal communities pertaining to COVID-19. Features resources for infectious disease control and information about social distancing.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Indian Health
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Special Coding Advice During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Provides coding scenarios designed to apply best coding practices, to help ensure that payors are applying flexibility to physicians providing care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes key changes to Medicare and telehealth regulations.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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COVID-19 Safety Training
Health and safety tools and resources for workers who may be at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Training resources will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
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Hospital Access in the Fifth District and COVID-19
Examines hospital access in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Discusses concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides state- and county-level statistics and data on number of hospital beds per capita, average distance to nearest hospitals, and more.
Author(s): Surekha Carpenter, Tim Sablik
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
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Rapid Analysis: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Communities and The Need for Per Capita Measures
Presents a report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural Oklahoma. Explores counties with high rates of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas and analyzes the rural burden of the disease.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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Guidance for Certifying Deaths Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Provides guidance to death certifiers on the proper cause-of-death certification for cases where confirmed or suspected COVID-19 resulted in death. Discusses common problems in cause-of-death certification and offers advice about following local jurisdictions' reporting requirements involving threats to public health.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Guidance for Certifying Deaths Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
April 16, 2020 webinar sponsored by the CDC's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) division. Provides an overview of the importance of mortality data, discusses a National Center for Health Statistics publication for clinicians who may need to certify a death involving COVID-19, and presents a summary of COVID-19 surveillance through the National Vital Statistics System. Includes transcript.
Additional links: Video
Author(s): Robert N. Anderson, Margaret Warner, Lee Anne Flagg, Farida Ahmad
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19: Protecting Your Vulnerable Patients with Proactive Outreach
Discusses ways to protect at-risk patients with proactive outreach during the pandemic. Emphasizes the importance of active outreach and ways to engage patients in new care options. Examines special circumstances concerning telehealth and annual wellness visits.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
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OCR Update on HIPAA and COVID-19
Recording of an April 24, 2020, webinar on HIPAA privacy and health information technology security issues related to COVID-19. Discusses several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights actions during the pandemic, including notifications of enforcement discretion and guidance for telehealth remote communications, first responders and public health authorities, and other stakeholders.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights
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Federal Health Centers and COVID-19
Surveys how the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Health Center Program facilities, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Describes the funding directed to the Health Center Program and the flexibilities for FQHCs to provide telehealth services during the public health emergency.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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COVID-19: Understanding New Telehealth Flexibilities for RHCs & FQHCs
Discusses anticipated clarification regarding telehealth flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Features answers to frequently asked questions on the telehealth flexibilities for RHCs and FQHCs, specifically on billing for telehealth services. Includes information on conducting annual wellness visits through telemedicine.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
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Selected Health Provisions in Title III of the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136)
Provides an overview of the healthcare-related provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Focuses on sections of the law addressing medical supply shortages, testing and preventative services, and support for the healthcare workforce. Discusses provisions related to telehealth services and rural healthcare systems.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Mitigating COVID-19's Rural Impact on Families At-Risk for Violence and Child Maltreatment and Neglect
Discusses the potential impact of COVID-19 physical distancing measures on rural children experiencing maltreatment and those living in situations of intimate partner violence. Describes how rural communities and providers can help through community awareness efforts and changes to screening and other service delivery approaches.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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AMA COVID-19 Daily Video Update: Experts Discuss Pandemic's Impact on Rural America
April 16, 2020 webinar featuring orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Suk, family medicine specialist Dr. Gerald Harmon, and infectious disease physician Dr. Megan Srinivas, discussing ways in which the pandemic affects life in rural areas. Includes transcript.
Author(s): Todd Unger
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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Childhood Obesity Resources Related to COVID-19
Provides a collection of resources to help prevent childhood weight gain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to fact sheets and programs for parents and teachers, nutrition guidance for practitioners, and modules and webinars for graduate students and faculty engaging in virtual learning and teaching.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research
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CDC: Update for Rural Health Partners on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease Response
April 22, 2020 webinar featuring guidance for partners, public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and others involved in protecting the health of people in rural communities. Includes a question and answer segment. Transcript available by clicking the three dots above the Subscribe button.
Author(s): Eric Hargan, Jay C. Butler
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Wilson Medical Center Implements Creative Care Alternatives to Address COVID-19
Describes Wilson Medical Center's implementation of curbside and telehealth services in response to COVID-19 in rural Kansas. Offers lessons learned from the transition to alternative solutions and future goals for adapting healthcare services as needed.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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COVID-19: An Increased Threat to People with Disabilities Living in Rural Institutions
Blog post describing increased risks of COVID-19 infection among people with disabilities who are living in rural institutionalized settings, and offers strategies for preventing spread of the disease. Features statistics on rates of institutionalized populations, with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Author(s): Meg Ann Traci
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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Providing Services via Telephone During COVID-19
An April 22, 2020, video that discusses how telephone-based telehealth services, including audio-only services, will be reimbursed by Medicare during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Provides a brief comparison of how different Medicaid programs approach reimbursement for telephone-delivered services. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 11 – Rural Health System Response
Recording of an April 22, 2020 webinar in which panelists discuss unique challenges facing rural health systems and the strategies being employed as part of the emergency response. Highlights current and future legislative and administrative policy solutions.
Author(s): Michael R. Brumage, J. Scott Graham, Jacob C. Warren, Sarah J. Dash
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Health Policy
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Urban and Rural Differences in Coronavirus Pandemic Preparedness
Analysis including interactive maps that allow users to find estimates of hospital bed capacity by area, and to adjust estimates based on the age of the population. Features statistics including hospital beds and ICU beds per 10,000 population, percentage of non-elderly adults with chronic conditions, and percentage of adults age 65 and over, with breakdowns by metro and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Kendal Orgera, Daniel McDermott, Matthew Rae, et al.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Four Stages of Planning and Implementation During COVID-19: One Rural Hospital's Preparations
Highlights a rural California hospital's four stage plan in preparing for a potential patient surge related to the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses actions achieved to ensure quality in the current care and treatment of patients. Discusses the steps taken to provide care through community outreach and to maintain financial support.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Opening Up America Again: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recommendations Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I
Offers recommendations for healthcare facilities in areas with lower levels of COVID-19 prevalence to restart non-emergent, non-COVID-19 healthcare. Discusses guidelines related to personal protective equipment, workforce availability, facility considerations, sanitation protocols, supplies, and COVID-19 testing capacity.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Cases in Rural Persistent Poverty Counties
Map comparing the number of COVID-19 cases in rural persistent poverty counties between March 16, 2020, when the CDC issued national social distancing guidelines, and April 16, 2020. Based on data collected by the New York Times.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Susceptibility of Southwestern American Indian Tribes to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Discusses the susceptibility of the Navajo Nation, Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico, and Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma to COVID-19. Examines historical and immunological factors, as well as ongoing and suggested interventions.
Author(s): Monika Kakol, Dona Upson, Akshay Sood
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Rural Areas Face Higher and Distinct Risks of Serious COVID-19 Outcomes than Urban Areas
Analyzes factors that may contribute to an undercounting of COVID-19 cases in rural areas and increased risk for these populations. Features statistics using 7 different risk factors, with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density, including semi-rural and rural.
Author(s): David J. Peters
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Iowa State University
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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff (TECHS): Putting it into Practice
April 13, 2020 webinar introducing a toolkit for the benefit of frontline healthcare workers and psychosocial professionals helping to support healthcare workers who may be experiencing traumatic stress. Adapted from an intervention used for parents of children with cancer. Transcript available by clicking the three dots above the Subscribe button.
Author(s): Julia Price, Nancy Kassam-Adams, Anne Kazak
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress
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Health Care Provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, P.L. 116-127
Provides an overview of the healthcare-related provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Focuses on coverage of COVID-19 testing and related items for individuals covered by Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, Veterans healthcare, the IHS, and most private plans. Includes a discussion of changes to Medicare coverage of telehealth services.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health - COVID-19 Resources
Offers information and resources to help agricultural communities address the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to prevention and preparedness tips and videos, financial resources, information on staying connected, and general COVID-19 facts and updates.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
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COVID-19: Health Care in Rural America
April 13, 2020 podcast focusing on how rural areas are taking action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Looks at public health responses, volunteer activities, the effects of social distancing, and healthcare workforce issues. Features Alana Knudson, co-director of the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, and physician Dr. James Hotz.
Additional links: Transcript
Date: 04/2020
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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COVID-19 Critical Care and Pulmonary Management Updates from the Frontlines
April 14, 2020 webinar recording providing rural providers and hospitals in Kansas and Colorado with information needed to address COVID-19. Describes the clinical presentation of the virus, current methods of treatment, strategies for avoiding respiratory emergencies, and more. Offers information on establishing criteria for transferring patients from rural to urban facilities.
Additional links: Presentation Slides and Other Resources
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: High Plains Research Network, Kansas Patients and Providers Engaged in Prevention Research (KPPEPR)
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
Provides information for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) regarding the expansion of virtual communication services in response to COVID-19. Describes the revision of the Home Health Agency Shortage Area requirement for visiting nursing services provided by RHCs and FQHCs.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Preventing Suicide in Rural Communities During the COVID‐19 Pandemic
Explores the potentially increased risk of suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of providing mental healthcare. Highlights some of the factors related to COVID-19 that could increase the risk, such as self isolation, access to firearms, and decreased access to healthcare.
Author(s): Lindsey L. Monteith, Ryan Holliday, Talia L. Brown, Lisa A. Brenner, Nathaniel V. Mohatt
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Ethical and Legal Challenges During the COVID‐19 Pandemic – Are We Thinking About Rural Hospitals?
Discusses the legal framework and ethical decisions hospitals are faced with during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights emergency preparedness planning for rural hospitals with limited workforce and resources.
Author(s): Love Patel, Amy Elliott, Erik Storlie, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Caring for Miners During the Coronavirus Disease‐2019 (COVID‐19) Pandemic
Highlights the particular vulnerabilities of miners in the Southwestern U.S. to COVID-19. Discusses preexisting conditions, such as COPD, as well as issues related to access to care.
Author(s): Akshay Sood, Charles Pollard, Kyla Le Suer, Kevin Vlahovich, Jolene Walker
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Telemedicine: Has the Time Really Finally Arrived?
Explores one provider's observations on the utility of telemedicine in a variety of settings over time in light of COVID-19. Discusses efforts to increase the mobile nature of telehealth services for both the provider and patient. Encourages rural and small town healthcare providers to log all telemedicine encounters.
Author(s): William J. Crump
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19: How Can Rural Community Pharmacies Respond to the Outbreak?
Discusses the role of rural pharmacists in providing clinical services related to COVID-19. Explores expanded roles for pharmacists in practice agreements and ambulatory care clinics.
Author(s): Georges Adunlin, Pilar Z. Murphy, Melanie Manis
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Using Telehealth as a Tool for Rural Hospitals in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Explores strategies for implementing telehealth services at rural hospitals in response to COVID-19. Discusses how telehealth can be utilized to expand rural hospital capacity, meet the needs of low acuity or recently discharged patients, and limit transfers to tertiary locations.
Author(s): Jeydith Gutierrez, Ethan Kuperman, Peter J. Kaboli
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 During the Opioid Epidemic – Exacerbation of Stigma and Vulnerabilities
Explores how the lack of healthcare infrastructure in rural areas and the COVID-19 pandemic create particular challenges for people who use drugs (PWUDs). Discusses the stigma of seeking care during a pandemic and the difficulty of accessing living resources, among other issues affecting PWUDs in rural areas.
Author(s): Wiley D. Jenkins, Rebecca Bolinski, John Bresett, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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A Primary Care Response to COVID‐19 for Patients with an Opioid Use Disorder
Discusses the challenges of treating patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights decisions made by primary care physicians regarding harm reduction related to COVID-19 that may have detrimental effects for OUD patient.
Author(s): Courtenay Gilmore Wilson, Melinda Ramage, E. Blake Fagan
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Telehealth Policies Impacting Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Face of COVID‐19
Provides an overview of changes to federal, California Medicaid, and private insurer telehealth policies in response to COVID-19. Discusses opportunities and limitations Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics may face in expanding telehealth services. Offers recommendations for removing barriers for providers in rural and underserved areas.
Author(s): Miku Sodhi
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Telehealth Resources
A collection of tools and resources for setting up a telehealth program to address COVID-19. Covers technology, implementation, and related topics. Includes both national resources and resources from the telehealth resource centers focused on serving specific states.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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CDC: Update for Rural Health Partners, Stakeholders, and Communities on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease Response
April 8, 2020 webinar featuring guidance for partners, public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and others involved in protecting the health of people in rural communities. Includes a question and answer segment. Transcript available by clicking the three dots above the Subscribe button.
Author(s): Jay C. Butler
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Child Welfare Information Gateway - COVID-19 State Child Welfare and Related Health Resources
List of websites containing state-specific guidelines and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, as related to child health and welfare.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Infectious Agents Exposure Reduction Training for First Responders
Video outlining protocols and strategies for mitigating exposure to infectious agents. Content focuses specifically on COVID-19, but information can be applied to situations involving other highly infectious pathogens.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health, Western Region Public Health Learning Network
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KSB Hospital Response for Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, Ill.
Profiles a rural Illinois hospital's experience developing drive-through screening for COVID-19. Offers lessons learned early on in the process regarding the training of staff and partnering with county health departments.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Rapid Deployment of Telehealth Services for Rural Hospitals Fighting COVID-19
Profiles how a Critical Access Hospital in Minnesota implemented a telehealth network in preparation for COVID-19. Offers lessons learned for other healthcare providers looking to implement virtual healthcare models.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Leading in the Crisis: Flattening the COVID-19 Curve: Planning, Managing and Caring for the Workforce Now and in the Future
April 2, 2020 webinar recording on supporting the healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights new policy flexibilities around the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps programs, NHSC Loan Repayment Program deadline extension, and changes to workforce training programs at health centers.
Additional links: Transcript
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Rural COVID-19 Case Study: Surviving a COVID-19 Surge
Profiles an Indiana Critical Access Hospital's early experience with COVID-19. Outlines lessons learned regarding testing and treating COVID-19 patients, as well as ongoing preparations for additional cases. Highlights partnerships with areas healthcare providers to navigate the pandemic.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Responding to Child Abuse During a Pandemic
Tips to help multi-disciplinary teams respond to cases of child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has the potential to increase child abuse. Includes some information specific to rural communities.
Author(s): Victor I. Vieth, Robert J. Peters, Tyler Counsil, et al.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Zero Abuse Project
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Rural Hospital Shifts Operations in Anticipation of COVID-19 Surge
Explores the strategic and operational changes made at King's Daughters Medical Center, a rural hospital in Mississippi, in anticipation of a surge of COVID-19 patients. Discusses supply conservation strategies, financial strain, and staffing changes.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Getting in Front of COVID-19: Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Save the Lives of Seniors
Presents an overview of Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District's (SoHum Health) efforts to proactively meet the needs of seniors sheltered-in-place due to COVID-19. Describes how SoHum Health has repurposed facilities and staff, and partners with local Humboldt County, California, organizations, to determine the needs of local seniors and make deliveries of groceries and medications. Discusses contingency plans in the event of a COVID-19 surge.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Surviving COVID-19 as a Rural Health Clinic: New Federal Policies & Programs to Help Keep Your Clinic Open
Webinar recording providing an in-depth presentation on the federal initiatives supporting Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) during the COVID-19 pandemic given by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics' Bill Finerfrock, Executive Director and Nathan Baugh, Director of Government Relations.
Additional links: Webinar Slides
Date: 04/2020
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Hospitals
Examines how COVID-19 is impacting already vulnerable rural hospitals. Evaluates access to ICU beds, loss of outpatient revenue, and the number of days of cash on hand.
Additional links: The Rural Health Safety Net Under Pressure: Understanding the Potential Impact of COVID-19
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Chartis Center for Rural Health
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Rural Areas with Seasonal Homes Hit Hard by COVID-19
Examines the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in rural counties with high shares of seasonal housing. Compares the rate of COVID-19 in these counties with urban and other rural counties.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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On the Front Lines of COVID-19: A Blueprint for Health and Human Services from Washington State
Issue brief exploring the major COVID-19 initiatives taken in Washington state during February and March, 2020, and the lessons learned. Includes information on the support given to rural healthcare providers.
Author(s): Susan Birch, MaryAnne Lindeblad, Eileen Cody
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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Crosswalk: CMS Interim Final Rule & Published CMS Guidances
Provides an overview of key provisions in the March 2020 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' interim final rule on telehealth policy and related, previously issued guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Covers coding issues and expansion of telehealth in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), among other topics.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Proactive and Comprehensive Community Health Actions to Fight the COVID-19 Epidemic: Initial Lessons from Vietnam
Letter to the editor that describes Vietnam's grassroots health system and initial response to COVID-19. Highlights the use of information technology and comprehensive health education programs. Includes lessons learned in community health preparedness that could be applied in other countries.
Author(s): Hoang Van Minh
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Rapid Scale-Up of Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Implications for Subspecialty Care in Rural Areas
Letter to the editor that discusses the long-term benefits of expanded telehealth use among subspecialists due to COVID-19. Describes how increased telehealth use can benefit rural areas.
Author(s): Jason M. Nagata
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Ethics and Economic Growth in the Age of COVID-19: What is a Just Society to Do?
Explores the differences between public health and economic decision-making approaches. Discusses how rural communities and rural healthcare infrastructure will benefit from funding increases in response to COVID-19.
Author(s): Peter E. Hilsenrath
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Strategies for Disseminating and Implementing COVID-19 Public Health Prevention Practices in Rural Areas
Describes strategies to communicate public health information about COVID-19 in rural areas. Outlines three areas important in tailoring messages to rural audiences: explaining COVID-19 risk and prevention in a rural context, involving community leaders, and utilizing strengths-based messaging.
Author(s): Beth Prusaczyk
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Rural COVID-19 Cases Lag Urban Areas but Are Growing Much More Rapidly
Issue brief comparing the numbers of confirmed cases and rates of transmission and of rates of death for COVID-19 patients in U.S.counties. Features statistics with breakdowns by metro counties, nonmetro counties adjacent to metro areas, and nonmetro counties. Explores possible causes for the discrepancies.
Author(s): S.J. Goetz, Z. Tian, C. Schmidt, D. Meadowcroft
Citation: NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Brief No. 2020-3
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
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Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a National Pulse Survey March 23–27, 2020
Reports on hospitals' challenges and needs in responding to the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Addresses access to testing, supplies, and equipment; workforce issues; facility capacity; the need for financial assistance; and information needs. Identifies strategies hospitals reported using the help protect staff and manage patient care. Includes information on rural hospitals' concerns.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Local Initiatives Support Corporation: COVID-19 Response
Highlights the Local Initiatives Support Corporation's resources and funding for COVID-19. Provides information for borrowers and grantees and rural small business more broadly.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural LISC
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Critical Care Surge Response Strategies for the 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States
Presents strategies for hospitals and healthcare systems to create or increase critical care surge capacity, specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights the most common limiting factors to creating surge capacity. Offers implementation considerations for hospital, state, regional, and federal decision-makers. Includes a tool that allows hospitals and policymakers to estimate current capacity and explore strategies to increase capacity.
Additional links: RAND Critical Care Surge Response Tool
Author(s): Mahshid Abir, Christopher Nelson, Edward W. Chan, et al.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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CARES Act: Provisions to Help Rural Hospitals
Provides an overview of aspects of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act designed to support rural hospitals. Highlights provisions related to access to capital, Medicare payments, and telehealth, among others.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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State Telehealth and Licensure Expansion COVID-19 Dashboard
Presents state-by-state telehealth expansion and licensing waivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant executive orders, regulatory guidance, statutory language, and other official communications for each state.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Connected Care
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The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers: COVID-19 Assistance
Provides an overview of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRC Consortium). Describes the services and technical assistance the TRC Consortium provides to stakeholders implementing telehealth services in response to COVID-19. Includes a table listing each regional Telehealth Resource Center and their geographic jurisdictions.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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EDEN: Current Situation: COVID-19
Resources to help extension educators address COVID-19 concerns in their communities. Includes courses, publications, videos, and more.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Extension Disaster Education Network
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COVID-19 and Telehealth Resources
Contains links to resources addressing telehealth services and COVID-19 such as current guidance, reimbursement policies, and provider toolkits. Includes resources from National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, the Center for Connected Health Policy, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Federation of State Medical Boards, among other stakeholders.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center
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Virtually Perfect? Telemedicine for Covid-19
Perspective article that discusses the role telehealth could play in responding to COVID-19. Discusses telemedicine approaches related to surge control and triage, patient isolation, eICU, community paramedicine, and more.
Author(s): Judd E. Hollander, Brendan G. Carr
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 382, 1679-1681
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Keeping Producers/Ag Workers and their Families Safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Webinar presentation discusses strategies for keeping farmers, agricultural workers, and their families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights ways preventative measures can be adapted to the farm. Touches on mental health considerations. Presentation is from a larger webinar held by AgriSafe on March 23, 2020.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center
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Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Hospitals, Psychiatric Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs): FAQs, Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement, Limits to Visitation and Availability of 1135 Waivers
Provides guidance and support to help hospitals take appropriate action to address potential and confirmed COVID-19 cases. Covers how to mitigate transmission, preparing for community spread, addressing staffing shortages, and patient visitation recommendations. Also covers CMS 1135 waivers of certain hospital/Critical Access Hospital (CAH) requirements related to the COVID-19 national emergency.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Information for First Responders on Maintaining Operational Capabilities During a Pandemic
Provides resources to help first responders plan for the impacts of a severe pandemic. Offers ways to adjust operations to maintain readiness, planning tools for local leaders, and reference sheets with discipline-specific action steps.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Fire Administration
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Teledentistry & Virtual Evaluations During COVID-19
A free, online webinar for dentists and dental students providing an overview of teledentistry and low-cost technologies for dentists who want to temporarily use virtual services during the coronavirus pandemic. Covers the privacy and billing aspects of teledentistry, and includes reference materials and links to credible information sources on HIPAA, documentation and dental coding. Requires registration.
Author(s): Paul Glassman, Nathan Suter
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Association
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Health Effects of the Coronavirus on the Farmworker Community
Webinar recording from March 19, 2020 discusses the potential risks for migrant farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights the migrant-specific risks such as lack of housing, legal status, healthcare access, and access to testing. Discusses measures to mitigate these risks.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Children in the Fields Campaign, Migrant Clinicians Network
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Mobilizing Project ECHO to Build Provider Capacity in Response to COVID-19
Explores the role Project ECHO can play in connecting health care providers, public health officers, and scientific experts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Identifies opportunities for state Medicaid agencies to request funding to use Project ECHO to support provider capacity-building efforts. Includes examples of Project ECHO being used in response to COVID-19.
Author(s): Greg Howe
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility, Enrollment, and Cost Sharing Policies as of January 2020: Findings from a 50-State Survey
Provides a detailed overview of state policies related to Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). Covers policies related to eligibility, enrollment, renewal, and cost-sharing. Examines how the programs have evolved over time related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), discusses policy changes, and identifies issues that may affect state policies moving forward. Includes information related to COVID-19, as well as tables related to state insurance policies.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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National Rural Stakeholder COVID-19 Briefing
Webinar recording from March 26, 2020 features rural partners from various government agencies discussing efforts pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis. Includes presentations from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Federal Communications Commission, the Small Business Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Hospital Readiness for COVID-19: Analysis of Bed Capacity and How It Varies Across the Country
Examines the distribution of hospital beds at the county-level in order to help local officials identify areas with the greatest need for inpatient beds during the COVID-19 outbreak. Discusses the development of an interactive county-by-county map to display hospital bed capacity. Highlights differences in capacity between nonprofit versus for-profit hospitals and rural versus urban hospitals. Provides recommendations for increasing hospitals' surge capacity.
Additional links: Understanding Hospital Bed Capacities Nationwide amid COVID-19
Author(s): Fredric Blavin, Diane Amos
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit
Identifies the significant telehealth-related changes made by CMS in response to the COVID-19 National Health Emergency. Provides resources to help long-term care facilities develop a telemedicine program. Addresses vendor selection, initiating a telemedicine program, monitoring patients remotely, and developing documentation tools.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19: Guidance for Tribal Programs
Presents guidance for tribal programs related to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Discusses how to continue program services while decreasing the likelihood of contagion.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
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Update for Rural Partners and Communities on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response
Recording of a March 23, 2020 webinar providing CDC guidance to partners, public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and others working to protect the health of rural communities. Features Dr. Jay Butler, CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, sharing what CDC knows at this point and responding to questions.
Author(s): Jay Butler
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Health Concerns, Opportunities and Strategies for COVID19: Early Thoughts of the State Offices of Rural Health
Summarizes three listening sessions with the 50 State Offices of Rural Health held in March 2020 to identify rural health challenges and opportunities related to COVID-19. Identifies concerns SORHs are hearing from their constituents, innovative rural strategies, collaboration opportunities, needed resources, and concerns related to Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants and cooperative agreements.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Occupancy Rates in Rural and Urban Hospitals: Value and Limitations in Use as a Measure of Surge Capacity
Compares the acute care and intensive care unit occupancy rates between rural and urban hospitals. Presents state-by-state and national data. Explores the challenges of using this data to identify surge capacity in preparation of an increase in patient volume due to COVID-19.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Department of Veterans Affairs' Potential Role in Addressing the COVID-19 Outbreak
Provides an overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) response to the COVID-19 outbreak including guidance for Veterans Health Administration patients, information on COVID-19 testing and treatment, and guidance for VA grantees who serve homeless veterans. Includes information on the VA's role to support civilian healthcare systems during a national emergency. Highlights congressional actions pertaining to COVID-19 that impact the VA.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Rural Health COVID-19 "Call First" Communication Toolkit
COVID-19 communication toolkit for rural hospitals and clinics. Focused on helping facilities demonstrate leadership in protecting the community, while taking steps to ensure that facilities are not overburdened. Includes customizable print and digital ads, radio scripts, social media posts, and other materials. Free, registration required.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Legato Healthcare Marketing, National Rural Health Association
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General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit
Provides a list of resources on telehealth and telemedicine services for providers interested in establishing a telemedicine program in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration. Includes links to resources on the 1135 waiver, general federal and state guidance, implementation, and technical assistance.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Telehealth and COVID-19
Recording of a March 19, 2020 webinar that explores uses and benefits of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses patient and provider safety and access to treatment. Presents overviews of telehealth technology and public policy.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center, National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit
Provides an overview of how telehealth can be used to respond to COVID-19. Identifies policy and payment issues, examples of how telehealth has been used in the past to address epidemics, training, and other resources.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
Discusses the enforcement discretion that the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will use during to the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requirements. Explains that OCR will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered healthcare providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the public health emergency. Identifies applications that can be used and those that should not be used.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Medicaid State Plan Fee-for-Service Payments for Services Delivered Via Telehealth
Explains state policy options for paying Medicaid providers that use telehealth to deliver services, with the goal of increasing access to care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet
Explains Medicare coverage and payment of virtual services, which are being broadened in response to COVID-19 so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Includes information on Medicare telehealth visits, virtual check-ins, and E-visits. Also briefly discusses HIPAA.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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HHS OIG Policy Statement on Practitioners That Reduce, Waive Amounts Owed by Beneficiaries for Telehealth Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Discusses OIG policy that gives healthcare providers the ability to waive or reduce costs for telehealth services owed by individuals covered by Federal healthcare programs in order to address COVID-19 concerns. Describes the impact of this policy on Medicare beneficiaries and providers.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist
Resource to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Identifies specific activities jurisdictions can undertake, including activities addressing safety and infection control, EMS, and hospital and healthcare delivery.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Health Industry Cybersecurity: Management Checklist for Teleworking Surge During the COVID-19 Response
A guide for healthcare enterprise management on how to address important factors related to teleworking during a public emergency. Includes action items related to information technology and cybersecurity, legal and privacy considerations, and communication.
Author(s): Joint Cybersecurity Working Group
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council
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Medicare Learning Network: Telehealth Services
Contains information on originating sites, distant site practitioners, telehealth services, billing and payment for professional services furnished via telehealth as well as for the originating site facility fee, and a list of helpful websites.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Farmworker Study
Presents an ongoing study on the effect of COVID-19 on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families in California, Oregon, and Washington. Works with community-based organizations to conduct a study via a phone-based survey and an in-depth interview detailing the farmworkers' experiences.
Date: 2020
Type: Website
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Supporting American Indian & Alaskan Native Communities Combating COVID-19
Reports on a virtual roundtable panel on health disparities related to COVID-19 facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Discusses the Indian Health Service response to the pandemic and gaps in pandemic-related services, including telehealth access, underfunded and understaffed healthcare facilities, data quality and information access, cultural literacy, and behavioral health needs. Addresses social determinants of health for Native populations, citing data from research studies and quoting roundtable panelists.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: eHealth Initiative
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On the Front Lines: The Impact of COVID-19 on Kentucky Hospitals
Examines how the pandemic has affected Kentucky hospitals and outlines the financial challenges that have been exacerbated by the virus. Includes a section on rural hospitals that were at risk of closure before the pandemic began.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kentucky Hospital Association
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CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management
Offers webinar recordings and presentation slides to be used as on-demand training for COVID-19 prevention in nursing homes. Includes videos on staffing challenges, data collection, and clinical care.
Date: 2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Quality Improvement Organization Program
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State Rural Hospital and Community COVID-19 Vulnerability
Chart showing each state's average COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI) and rural hospital median operating margin.
Date: 2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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The Future of Rural Value‐Based Health Care and Surge Capacity
Describes the conflict between value-based care and surge capacity investments at rural hospitals, as well as the role of primary care providers can play during disasters. Presents questions for consideration about the future of rural value‐based care, payment, and healthcare networks and community partnerships in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Imported Infections in Rural Mid-West United States - A Report from a Tertiary Care Center
Analyzes data on imported infections that were seen, diagnosed, and/or treated from 2001-2018 within the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics to inform rural mid-west healthcare professionals about the importance of travel medicine. Includes a focused list of imported infectious diseases, information on the geographic origin of various diseases, and reasons for travel.
Author(s): Amy Meyer, Hariharan Regunath, Christian Rojas-Moreno, William Salzer, Gordon Christensen
Citation: Missouri Medicine, 117(2), 89–94
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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The Emergency Preparedness Research Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program Toolkits
A list of evidence-based resources and tools created for public health and healthcare professionals to use in their planning and response efforts. Includes sections on healthcare preparedness, preparedness evaluation, models for planning and training, and emergency risk communication. Includes toolkits relevant to the COVID-19 response.
Date: 2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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DEA COVID-19 Information Page
Guidance for DEA-registered telehealth practitioners to issue prescriptions for controlled substances to patients for whom they have not conducted an in-person medical evaluation, for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Date: 2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice
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School District Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Plans — United States, 2006, 2012, and 2016
Examines crisis preparedness in schools, with data on urban, suburban, town, and rural areas. Includes information on district requirements for school preparedness related to family reunification procedures, pandemic influenza or other infectious disease outbreak response, provisions for special needs or mental health services, and funding for or provision of crisis preparedness training.
Author(s): Judy Kruger, Nancy Brener, Rebecca Leeb, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(30), 809-814
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center
Offers free resources on financial management, sustainable operations, and fundraising, as well as other tools. Geared to the needs of Appalachian nonprofits during the COVID pandemic.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network
Offers training for nursing facilities at training centers around the U.S. to implement evidence-based best practices focused on the prevention of COVID-19 from entering and spreading in nursing homes, including early detection, safe and appropriate care, and in reducing social isolation for residents, families, and staff. Eligible nursing facilities may receive federal funding to support the implementation and adoption of quality improvement practices and measures through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF).
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
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The EMS Compact
Information on the agreement enabling emergency medical service (EMS) personnel licensed in Compact member states to cross state borders to practice and work in other Compact states without getting an EMS license in the remote state. Describes ways in which this agreement may enhance communities' responses to COVID-19 when local resources are reduced. Includes a map showing locations of EMS Compact states and contact information for each member state's Compact Commissioner.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice
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