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Rural Hospice and Palliative Care – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Hospice and Palliative Care.

Rural Community-based Palliative Care ECHO Program Summary
Describes a nine-month intervention to support 11 community-based palliative care programs in rural Minnesota using the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Model. Provides an overview of the participants, session topics, technology utilized, and results. Offers insights and lessons learned.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Rural Community-based Palliative Care: Improving Health and Reducing Disparities in Access and Services
Toolkit describing a framework for the development of rural community-based palliative care capacity and services. Includes information and links to resources regarding assessing community needs, foundational tools, process development, service implementation.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Sustainability Strategies for Community-based Palliative Care
Summarizes themes from two roundtable discussions conducted in late 2018 with 9 rural palliative care programs in Minnesota and surrounding states. Offers examples and resources for sustainability strategies to support community-based palliative care programs.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Rural Community-Based Palliative Care: Final Report
Evaluates the outcomes of the Stratis Health Rural Community-Based Palliative Care Project, a 3-year project that provided financial and technical assistance to State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) in Washington, North Dakota, and Wisconsin that supported the implementation of palliative care programs in rural communities. Provides an overview of palliative care and barriers to palliative care in rural areas. Offers lessons learned that can be applied to existing palliative care efforts in rural communities.
Author(s): Alana Knudson, Jennifer Satorius, Kathleen Taylor
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Home Care and Hospice During COVID: A Rural Perspective
Interview with leaders from CHI Health at Home, a home health and hospice care provider serving rural Minnesota and North Dakota. Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted operations and patient care, including the increased role of technology, as well as the benefits of federal waivers.
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Medicare Payment Basics: Hospice Services Payment System
Overview of the Medicare hospice and palliative care benefit for beneficiaries who have a life expectancy of six months or less, and Medicare payments to hospice and palliative care providers. Describes the four levels of care of the hospice prospective payment system and payment rates.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Challenges and Facilitators of Hospice Decision-making: A Retrospective Review of Family Caregivers of Home Hospice Patients in a Rural US-Mexico Border Region - A Qualitative Study
Highlights a study on hospice care utilization in the rural U.S.-Mexico border region of Southern California. Explores the decisions made by family care givers around hospice care and discusses the factors that shaped those decisions.
Author(s): Eunjeong Ko, Dahlia Fuentes, Savitri Singh-Carlson, Frances Nedjat-Haiem
Citation: BMJ Open, 10(7), e035634
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Telehealth and Palliative Care
Offers resources on delivering palliative care through telehealth services. Covers how to select the technology platform, prepare patients and families, conduct a telehealth visit, and document and bill for services.
Date: 2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center to Advance Palliative Care
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America's Care of Serious Illness: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation's Hospitals
Examines access to palliative care services in hospitals. Includes some data on access to palliative care in rural hospitals with 50 or more beds and in hospitals with fewer than 50 beds, many of which are in rural areas.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center to Advance Palliative Care, National Palliative Care Research Center
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Rural Palliative Care
Policy position paper focused on rural palliative care. Discusses the value of palliative care and identifies rural considerations. Includes policy recommendations.
Author(s): Margaret Woeppel, Leslie Marsh, Tanya Sharp
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Last Updated: 9/7/2021