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Rural Hospitals – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Hospitals.

The COVID-19 Pandemic's Impact on Rural Hospital Staffing
Summarizes the results of a survey of rural hospital leaders between September 21, 2021 - October 15, 2021, regarding COVID-19 vaccination among rural hospital personnel. Discusses the prevalence of vaccine mandates at rural hospitals and the impact of staffing shortages on access to care.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Chartis Group
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Association of Rural and Critical Access Hospital Status With Patient Outcomes After Emergency Department Visits Among Medicare Beneficiaries
Compares 30-day outcomes for 473,152 Medicare patients after emergency department (ED) visits in rural or urban settings and in Critical Access Hospitals. Features statistics on mortality, ED revisits, hospitalization and transfer patterns by commonly encountered ED conditions, and characteristics of patients and of hospitals studied, with breakdowns by urban or rural location.
Author(s): Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen, Neil Kamdar, Paul Lin, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(11)
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
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Examining Rural Hospital Bypass for Outpatient Services
Explores the drivers of rural hospital bypass for outpatient services and the relationship between hospital outpatient services and inpatient utilization. Examines demographic and market characteristics associated with bypass for outpatient services before and after inpatient admissions. Also analyzes how utilization for common outpatient services differs between Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and rural prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Hospital Encounters by Urban-Rural Location of the Hospital by Week From Selected Hospitals
Line chart showing hospitals' percentage of confirmed COVID-19 encounters among all emergency department or inpatient encounters. Includes data from March 2020 through March 2021 for large central and fringe metro areas, and medium and small metro areas, and rural areas.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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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). Also provides information on vaccine distribution and education.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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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: 11/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Emergency Physicians
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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, and COVID-19 tests.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Website
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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: 11/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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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: 11/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Medicare Payment Basics: Outpatient Hospital Services Payment System
Outlines Medicare's payments for outpatient hospital services. Features considerations for rural sole community hospitals.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Last Updated: 11/24/2021