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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Healthcare Access in Rural Communities.

Alternative Models to Preserving Access to Emergency Care
Explores proposals for maintaining timely access to emergency and other basic healthcare services in rural communities that may not be able to support a full-service hospital, including frontier extended stay clinics and free-standing emergency departments. Identifies models of care and various ideologies for the Secretary and the Department of Health and Human Services to consider when evaluating policy options.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Breaking the Barriers to Specialty Care: Practical Ideas to Improve Health Equity and Reduce Cost
Collection of briefs focused on how to improve access to specialty care for rural and low-income patients. Discusses telehealth, developing primary care capacity to provide appropriate specialty care, and coordinated specialist networks as approaches to improve specialty care access. Free, but registration required to download.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, FSG
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Impact of the Affordable Care Act Coverage Expansion on Rural and Urban Populations
Discusses the advances supported by provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) related to health insurance coverage, premium tax credits, and healthcare access for rural and urban populations with a special focus on rural individuals.
Author(s): Kelsey Avery, Kenneth Finegold, Xiao Xiao
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report: Chartbook on Access to Health Care
Summarizes and illustrates trends across measures of access to healthcare using data from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. Includes a chart displaying the distribution of trauma center utilization by geographic location, including rural areas.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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LGBTQ Healthcare: Building Inclusive Rural Practices
Discusses the challenges rural LGBTQ individuals face in accessing quality care and what rural healthcare providers can do to improve the healthcare experience for this patient population.
Author(s): Zachary Toliver
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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15 Million Kids in Health Care Deserts: Can Telehealth Make a Difference?
Highlights healthcare access problems for children of vulnerable populations living in rural and poverty stricken areas. Discusses how telehealth can be implemented to overcome these barriers. Describes several case studies focused on improving access to healthcare services for children, including a rural school-based telehealth program.
Author(s): Dale Alverson, Julie Hall-Barrow, Denise M. Dion, et al.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Children's Health Fund
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How Could Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Be Deployed to Provide Rural Primary Care?
Examines various methods that can be implemented to help nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) meet the increased need for primary care services in rural areas. Provides rural and urban data on the number of new insurance enrollees and estimated primary care visits that resulted from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Author(s): Eric H. Larson, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Cynthia Coulthard, Joanne Spetz
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Explaining the Link Between Access-to-Care Factors and Health Care Resource Utilization among Individuals with COPD
Estimates the relationship between access to healthcare and healthcare utilization of primary care physicians, hospitals, Rural Health Centers (RHCs), and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using national data.
Author(s): Minchul Kim, Jinma Ren, William Tillis, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 11, 357-367
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
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QuickStats: Percentage of Children and Adolescents Aged ≤17 Years Whose Usual Place of Sick Care is a Clinic or Health Center, by Race/Ethnicity and Metropolitan Status of Residence - National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2014
Chart showing the percentage of children who typically go to a clinic or health center when sick, as opposed to a doctor's office or the emergency room. Identifies children by race/ethnicity and metro/non-metro status. Analysis did not include children without a usual place of sick care.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 65(4), 99
Date: 02/2016
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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After a Parent Left Employment, One in Five Children Lost Private Insurance
Examines children's loss of private health insurance after parental job loss. Includes data on rural compared to urban privately insured children. Reports that, after parental job loss, rural and urban children were similarly impacted related to health insurance coverage.
Author(s): Kristin Smith
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Last Updated: 11/22/2022