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The 21st Century Rural Hospital: A Chart Book
Presents an extensive overview of the rural hospital of the 21st century. Discusses how rural hospitals have transformed from a traditional inpatient and emergency department facility to an integrated health system providing a wide variety of services. Contains sections with data about U.S. rural hospitals, the patient population, inpatient and outpatient services and finance.
Author(s): Victoria A. Freeman, Kristie Thompson, H. Ann Howard, Randy Randolph, G. Mark Holmes
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
Date: 03/2015
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Teaching Health Centers: A Promising Approach for Building Primary Care Workforce for the 21st Century
Provides information about Teaching Health Centers (THC), including the number of physicians choosing primary care following residency, location of practice, number of patients served by THCs, and characteristics of patients. Also discusses the impact that loss of federal funding may have on this graduate medical education training program.
Author(s): Leighton Ku, Fitzhugh Mullan, Cristine Serrano, Zoe Barber, Peter Shin
Sponsoring organization: George Washington University Department of Health Policy
Date: 03/2015
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Minnesota’s Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce, 2011-2012
An overview of the education, employment, geographic distribution, career and future plans of Minnesota's licensed practical nurse workforce.
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Date: 03/2015
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Rural Spotlight: An Interview with Craig Kennedy
An interview with Craig Kennedy, the Executive Director of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU).
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Sponsoring organization: Rural Assistance Center
Journal citation: Rural Monitor Volume 2015 Issue Winter
Date: 02/2015
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Look What's Coming: Will Hospitals Become Insurers?
Explores the impact on rural communities should healthcare systems also become insurance providers.
Author(s): Wayne Myers
Sponsoring organization: Rural Assistance Center
Journal citation: Rural Monitor Volume 2015 Issue Winter
Date: 02/2015
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Around the Country: Healthy Clinic Program Helps Colorado Rural Clinics Build Stronger Foundations
Profiles the Healthy Clinic Assessment (HCA)program in Colorado, which assists rural clinics in strengthening their foundations, and improving operations and quality.
Author(s): Jami Schumacher
Sponsoring organization: Rural Assistance Center
Journal citation: Rural Monitor Volume 2015 Issue Winter
Date: 02/2015
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Developing a Culturally Competent, Sustainable Rural Model for Diabetes Prevention
Assesses a community- and family-based approach to diabetes prevention and management in eleven Appalachian counties across three states. Highlights the benefits of utilizing a culturally sensitive approach to diabetes education and awareness when engaging rural communities.
Author(s): Lesli Johnson, Sharon Denham
Journal citation: Rural and Remote Health
Date: 02/2015
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Rural Student Profiles
Profiles four students who have used distance education to advance their careers and better serve their communities.
Author(s): Kate Menzies
Sponsoring organization: Rural Assistance Center
Journal citation: Rural Monitor Volume 2015 Issue Winter
Date: 02/2015
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Challenges for Human Services: RAC's Human Services Support Guide for Rural Healthcare: Everything Connects
Features RAC's new topic guide, Human Services to Support Rural Health.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Sponsoring organization: Rural Assistance Center
Journal citation: Rural Monitor Volume 2015 Issue Winter
Date: 02/2015
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Rural Water Infrastructure: Federal Agencies Provide Funding but Could Increase Coordination to Help Communities
Discusses the issues impacting rural water and wastewater systems, including the need to upgrade aging and obsolete infrastructure. Identifies federal agencies that provide funding and technical assistance to rural communities related to drinking water and wastewater.
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
Date: 02/2015
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Cook Inlet Tribal Council Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program - Overview and Preliminary Outcomes
Provides an overview of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council health career training program funded by a Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grant. Includes a brief description of the health careers available to participating students, program structure and services, and preliminary results of the program.
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
Date: 02/2015
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Use and Performance Variations in U.S. Rural Emergency Departments: Implications for Improving Care Quality and Reducing Costs
Illustrates the utilization and performance of emergency departments (EDs) across the urban/rural spectrum for non-emergency health conditions. Identifies and discusses the potential risk factors that may impact ED use for non-emergent healthcare.
Author(s): Yvonne Jonk, Marilyn G. Klug, Gary Hart
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
Date: 02/2015
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Around the Country: Hawaiian Weight Management Program Aims for Healthy, Happy Lives
Highlights Kūlana Hawai’i, a weight management program that helps Native Hawaiians and the medically underserved population on the islands of Oahu and Molokai.
Author(s): Jami Schumacher
Sponsoring organization: Rural Assistance Center
Journal citation: Rural Monitor Volume 2015 Issue Winter
Date: 02/2015
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Perceptions of Housing Conditions Among Migrant Farmworkers and Their Families: Implications for Health, Safety and Social Policy
Provides insight into the housing conditions of migrant farmworkers in North Carolina and its effect on their health and safety.
Author(s): Jessica Keim-Malpass, Chaya R. Spears Johnson, Sara A. Quandt, Thomas A. Arcury
Journal citation: Rural and Remote Health Volume 15 Issue 3076
Date: 02/2015
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Annual Report Calendar Year 2014
Provides a summary of the Michigan Center for Rural Health's activities. Highlights the Gettel Scholars, an award for medical students who have an interest in primary and rural health care. Includes updates on rural EMS projects, rural hospital programs, and recruitment and retention throughout Michigan.
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Center for Rural Health
Date: 02/2015
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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Homicide Rates, by Urbanization of County of Residence - United States, 2004 and 2013
Chart comparing 2004 and 2013 homicide rates in urban and rural counties.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Journal citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) Volume 64 Issue 05 Pages: 133
Date: 02/2015
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Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee Final Report to the Governor
Report to the governor of Georgia addressing the financial instability of rural healthcare facilities in the state. Includes recommendations for a "hub and spoke" model and expansion of scope of work for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Author(s): Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee
Date: 02/2015
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Education at a Distance: Virtual Classrooms Bring Healthcare Classes to Rural Areas
Highlights three university programs that are using distance education to allow professionals to stay in their rural communities while earning a degree.
Author(s): Kate Menzies
Sponsoring organization: Rural Assistance Center
Journal citation: Rural Monitor Volume 2015 Issue Winter
Date: 02/2015
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Surgical Services in Critical Access Hospitals, 2011
Illustrates the major surgical services provided in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) by type and capacity in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Author(s): Paula Weigel, Fred Ullrich, Marcia M. Ward, Keith J. Mueller
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Date: 02/2015
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2015 Broadband Progress Report
Reports on broadband deployment in the United States, with information specific to broadband access in rural and tribal communities. Discusses the role of broadband in healthcare. Provides maps showing rural broadband deployment and includes state and county-level broadband access data.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
Date: 02/2015
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Do Current Medicare Rural Hospital Payment Systems Align with Cost Determinants?
Report discusses the various payment models that may affect the financial performance of rural hospitals and the variables (geographic, community, market, and hospital) that affect rural hospital costs.
Author(s): Kristin Moss, G. Mark Holmes, George H. Pink,
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
Date: 02/2015
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Choice and Affordability in the ACA’s Health Insurance Exchanges
Investigates how geographic boundaries of health insurance marketplaces, made available by the Affordable Care Act, affect availability and prices of plans for individuals living in rural areas.
Author(s): Michael Dickstein
Date: 02/2015
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Comment on CMS's Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations Proposed Rule
MedPAC comment letter on the CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations proposed rule published in the December 8, 2014 issue of the Federal Register.
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Date: 02/2015
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Developmental Strategies and Challenges of Rural Accountable Care Organizations
Reports information gathered from four Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) serving rural Medicare beneficiaries in 2013. Highlights lessons learned, opportunities for success and challenges observed by the ACOs.
Author(s): Jure Baloh, A. Clinton MacKinney, Keith Mueller, Tom Vaughn, Xi Zhu, Fred Ullrich
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Date: 02/2015
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Rural Provider Perceptions of the ACA: Case Studies in Four States
Surveys rural providers in four states, two that chose to expand Medicaid and two that did not, to understand providers' experiences and opinions of the the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Author(s): Brystana Kaufman, Pam Silberman, Mark Holmes
Date: 02/2015
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Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act: What Health Centers Need to Know
An overview of the Veteran’s Choice Act that allows rural and urban veterans access to healthcare in non-VA facilities, eliminating long distance travel and long waiting periods for an appointment. This brief identifies three ways health centers can participate including: Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Patient-Centered Community Care Networks (PC3) and Veteran's Choice Program (VCP).
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
Date: 01/2015
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Providing Whole-Person Care: Integrating Behavioral Health Into Primary Care
Discusses how a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) in rural North Carolina is integrating primary care with mental health treatment to meet the core health needs of patients, while recognizing the need for making referrals to specialty care for more severe mental illness. The article also discusses the benefits of telebehavioral health.
Author(s): Jan Sweet Freeman
Journal citation: North Carolina Medical Journal Volume 1 Issue 76 Pages: 24-28
Date: 01/2015
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Overview of Minnesota’s Physician Workforce, 2013-2014
Provides 2014 data on the total licensed physician population in Minnesota by RUCA code. Also, provides demographic and workforce data from a survey of a sample of licensed Minnesota physicians in 2013.
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Date: 01/2015
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Physicians Providing Leadership for Rural Communities
Identifies ways in which physicians can address unfavorable child outcomes (e.g. unplanned pregnancy, tobacco addiction, mental health disorders) by working with other groups and forming coalitions within the rural community.
Author(s): David T. Tayloe Jr
Journal citation: North Carolina Medical Journal Volume 76 Issue 1 Pages: 31-32
Date: 01/2015
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Turtle Mountain Community College Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program - Overview and Preliminary Outcomes
Provides an overview of Project CHOICE: Choosing Health Opportunities for Indian Career Enhancement, a Turtle Mountain Community College program funded by a Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grant. Includes a brief description of the health careers available to participating students, program structure and services, and preliminary results of the program.
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
Date: 01/2015
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Rural Health Care: Redefining Access
Discusses collaboration, recruitment and retention, providing specialty services and quality of care as methods to strengthen the health of North Carolina’s rural communities.
Author(s): Chris Collins
Journal citation: North Carolina Medical Journal Volume 76 Issue 1 Pages: 20-23
Date: 01/2015
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Rural Health in North Carolina
A compilation of articles in the North Carolina Medical Journal discussing the issues that impact the well-being of residents in rural communities in North Carolina.
Journal citation: North Carolina Medical Journal Volume 76 Issue 1
Date: 01/2015
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Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book - Seventh Edition
Contains data on demographics, social and economic characteristics, population health status and insurance coverage, and healthcare workforce for the state of Nevada. Tables display data by region and distinguish between rural, frontier, and urban regions.
Author(s): Tabor Griswold, John Packham, Laima Etchegoyhen, Christopher Marchand
Sponsoring organization: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Date: 01/2015
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Rural Health Clinic Readiness for Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition: Preparing for the Evolving Healthcare Marketplace
Discusses the results from a survey of rural health clinics (RHC) that identified their capability to be eligible as a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and examines the need for technical assistance and support of RHCs in the development of the PCMH model.
Author(s): John Gale, Zach Croll, David Hartley, Andrew F. Coburn
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
Date: 01/2015
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Task Force on Foreign-Trained Physicians: Report to the Minnesota Legislature 2015
Reports on the findings of a state task force identifying foreign-trained physicians who live in Minnesota who may be interested in practicing medicine or other healthcare careers in rural and underserved areas of the state. Also, identifies barriers to practice faced by immigrant physicians, options for practicing in other health related careers, and financing to help integrate immigrant physicians into the state workforce as a physician or other healthcare provider. Concludes with recommendations that support the integration of immigrant physicians into the healthcare field.
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Date: 01/2015
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After Great Recession, More Married Fathers Providing Child Care
Reports on the percentage of married fathers providing care for their children while mothers worked outside the home. Examines child care provided by married fathers by race, ethnicity, and residence in urban or rural locations.
Author(s): Kristin Smith
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
Date: 2015
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Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2013
Presents an overview of the SNAP Program eligibility requirements and benefit levels. Provides detailed tables showing comparisons in rural-urban areas. Reports that nearly 19% of SNAP participants live in rural and micropolitan areas. Coverage includes October 2012 through September 2013.
Author(s): Kelsey Farson Gray
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Date: 12/2014
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Non-VA Medical Care Fact Sheet for Interested Providers
Provides information on how to become a healthcare provider for the Veterans Administration Patient-Center Community Care (PC3) program and/or the Veterans Choice program.
Author(s): Veterans Health Administration
Date: 12/2014
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2014 Indiana Family Medicine Residencies Exit Survey Report
Examines residents from eleven Indiana family medicine residency programs. Includes feedback on whether or not residents feel they received training to serve rural and underserved populations, as well as how competent they feel in providing that care. Discusses why and how residents selected their specific practice locations.
Author(s): Komal Kochhar, Bryce Buente, Eugene Tandukar
Sponsoring organization: Indiana University School of Medicine
Date: 11/2014
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A Cross-Sectional Study of Stressors Among Farmers in Eastern North Carolina
A study identifying stressors among farmers in North Carolina as a method in the development of targeted strategies and services to reduce stress and improve health outcomes.
Author(s): Gregory D. Kearney, Ann P. Rafferty, Lauren R. Hendricks, et al.
Journal citation: North Carolina Medical Journal Volume 75 Issue 6 Pages: 384-392
Date: 11/2014
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Rural Data for Action: A Comparative Analysis of Health Data for the New England Region
Examines the healthcare and health related data that describe a range of demographic, healthcare delivery, access, utilization, and health outcome parameters for rural communities across a six-state region and compare these to the non-rural areas of the region.
Sponsoring organization: New England Rural Health RoundTable
Date: 10/2014
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Housing an Aging Rural America: Rural Seniors and Their Homes
Discusses housing options to help rural seniors age in place. Topics covered include assisted living, home modification, transportation and other supportive services. Also addresses housing quality and affordability.
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
Date: 10/2014
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A Comparison of Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sexual Risk Behaviors Between Rural and Non-Rural Transgender Persons
Evaluates the mental health, substance use, and sexual risk behaviors of transgender persons in both rural and non-rural areas to determine the need for mental and physical health services.
Author(s): Keith J. Horvath, Alex Iantaffi, Rebecca Swinburne-Romine, Walter Bockting
Journal citation: Journal of Homosexuality Volume 61 Issue 8 Pages: 1117-1130
Date: 06/2014
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