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Rural Hospice and Palliative Care – Resources

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

Challenges of Rural Cancer Care in the United States
Highlights the impact of rurality affecting the care of rural cancer patients and healthcare providers treating cancer patients. Discussion includes the availability of cancer specialists, limited transportation services, lower socioeconomic status, health insurance coverage, less access to clinical trials, and the shortage of palliative and end-of-life staff and services.
Author(s): Mary Charlton, Jennifer Schlichting, Catherine Chioreso, et al.
Citation: Oncology (Williston Park), 29(9), 633-640
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
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Perspectives of Rural Hospice Directors
Presents findings from interviews of rural hospice directors in 47 states. Identifies six primary issues including workforce, finance and reimbursement, regulations, technology, general rural issues, and relationships with other providers.
Author(s): Brad Gibbens, Shawnda Schroeder, Alana Knudson, Gary Hart
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
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Palliative Care Rural Initiative Dissemination Model and Implementation Guide
Includes tools, best practices, and lessons learned associated with implementing care coordination models to help rural community hospice organizations meet the needs of veterans. Created within a collaboration of the National Rural Health Resource Center and the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 23 and designed to be replicated by other VISNs.
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Medicare Learning Network: Hospice Payment System & Coverage
Provides an overview of the Medicare hospice program and services. Includes information regarding Conditions of Participation, Medicare certification, quality reporting, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Care Compare
Provides information on the quality of care, cost, volume of services, and other data for Medicare-certified providers. Includes data on doctors and clinicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health services, hospice care, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and dialysis facilities.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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State Operations Manual Appendix Z - Emergency Preparedness for All Provider and Certified Supplier Types Interpretive Guidance
Interpretive guidelines clarifying several provisions of the emergency preparedness final rule for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers, which affects Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and other rural facilities.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Hospice Regulations and Notices
Lists federal regulations and notices related to Medicare hospice payment, including information on annual payment rate updates. Contains copies of proposed and final rules, along with any relevant corrections, as published in the Federal Register.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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National Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Study (NPALS)
Biennial study that monitors trends in the supply, provision, and use of the major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services. Covers inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, adult day services centers, assisted living and residential care communities, home health agencies, hospices, and nursing homes. Formerly called the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP).
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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PubMed Search: Rural Hospice and Palliative Care
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topics of rural hospice and palliative care.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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CMS Hospice Center
Provides information on regulations, enrollment and participation, billing and payments, and CMS Manuals relating to hospice services and benefits.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Last Updated: 12/21/2022