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Travel Time and Attrition From VHA Care Among Women Veterans: How Far is Too Far?
Examines whether travel time impacts women veterans decisions to drop Veterans Health Administration care, with a comparison of the impact of travel time on rural and urban women veterans (see Figure 2).
Author(s): Sarah A. Friedman, Susan M. Frayne, Eric Berg, Alison B. Hamilton, Donna L. Washington, Fay Saechao, Natalya C. Maisel, Julia Y. Lin, Katherine J. Hoggatt, Ciaran Phibbs
Journal citation: Medical Care Volume 53 Pages: S15-S22
Date: 04/2015
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Dentists (General), 2014: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population data by county and geographic designation, population and age distribution by gender, and training and employment characteristics of general dentists in Texas.
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Date: 03/2015
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Homelessness in Rural Pennsylvania
Analyzes existing data, surveys professionals, and summarizes information gathered to better understand homelessness in rural Pennsylvania. Makes recommendations to address the growing homeless population in the state.
Author(s): Heather Feldhaus, Avi Slone
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Date: 03/2015
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Marriage and Family Therapists, 2014: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population to provider data by county and geographic designation, and age distribution by gender for marriage and family therapists in Texas.
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Date: 03/2015
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Dentists (All), 2014: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population data by county and geographic designation, age distribution of dentists by gender, and training and employment characteristics of all dentists including specialty care in Texas.
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Date: 03/2015
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Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors, 2014: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet providing population to provider data by geographic designation and county, age distribution by gender, and growth patterns of licensed chemical dependency counselors in Texas.
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Date: 03/2015
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Licensed Professional Counselors, 2014: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population to provider data by county and geographic designation, and age distribution of licensed professional counselors in Texas.
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Date: 03/2015
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Texas Community Health Workers, 2014: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet providing population data by county, race/ethnicity data, and growth patterns of community health workers (CHWs) in Texas.
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Date: 03/2015
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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 and Management
Date: 03/2015
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Estimating the Residency Expansion Required to Avoid Projected Primary Care Physician Shortages by 2035
Discusses the projected shortage of primary care physicians by 2035. Briefly mentions expanding graduate medical education training through the use of teaching health centers and rural training tracks to increase those who choose primary care.
Author(s): Stephen M. Petterson, Winston R. Liaw, Carol Tran, Andrew W. Bazemore
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
Journal citation: Annals of Family Medicine Volume 13 Issue 2 Pages: 107-114
Date: 03/2015
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Human Services Program Evaluation: How to Improve Your Accountability and Program Effectiveness
Manual describing how to develop an evaluation program focused on process and outcome measures for human service programs. Includes a section on rural mental health and rural homelessness.
Author(s): Thomas Barrett, James Sorensen
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Mental Health Program
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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Community Health Centers: Past, Present and Future: Building on 50 Years of Success
Reports on the development, the contributions, and the unsure future of the Community Health Centers Program located in rural and urban underserved communities.
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
Date: 03/2015
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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates for Cold-Related Deaths, by U.S. Census Region and Metropolitan Status of Place of Occurrence - United States, 2010–2013
Chart comparing rural to urban death rates related to cold exposure and hypothermia, by region for the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Journal citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) Volume 64 Issue 09 Pages: 260
Date: 03/2015
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An Examination of Hate and Bias Incidents in Pennsylvania, 1999 – 2012
Examines hate and bias incidents in Pennsylvania to compare their frequency, nature and impact on urban and rural communities.
Author(s): R. Barry Ruback, Andrew Gladfelter, Brendan Lantz
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Date: 03/2015
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2015
Annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Discussions of rural aspects of Medicare payment policies are included throughout the report.
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Date: 03/2015
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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
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
Date: 03/2015
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Emergency Department Visits and Proximity to Patients’ Residences, 2009-2010
Provides data on how often patients go to the emergency department (ED) closest to their home. Includes comparisons for patients living inside metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and outside MSAs, with data on whether patients visited the closest ED by patient age, hospital visit volume, and ED wait times.
Author(s): Amy M. Brown, Sandra L. Decker, Frederic W. Selck
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
Date: 03/2015
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2015 National Impact Assessment of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Measures Report
Evaluates the effects of measures used in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality reporting programs on achieving high quality, affordable healthcare. Provides statistics concerning participation and performance within Medicare quality reporting programs, including statistics specific to healthcare facilities located in rural areas.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Date: 03/2015
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Migration Trends Shifted in 2014: Also Record Deaths and Continuing Low Fertility
Provides information on migration within the U.S. from 2010 to 2014. Includes data on migration for rural areas. Discusses population trends in different types of rural counties, including counties focused on farming, manufacturing, and those attractive to retirees.
Author(s): Kenneth M. Johnson
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
Date: 03/2015
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Medicare Could Have Saved Billions at Critical Access Hospitals If Swing-Bed Services Were Reimbursed Using the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Rates
Reports the Inspector General’s findings from a study of swing bed services and reimbursement at Critical Access Hospitals. Concludes that swing bed usage has significantly increased in recent years and that there would be significant savings to the Medicare program if swing bed services were reimbursed at the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System rates.
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Inspector General (HHS)
Date: 03/2015
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A Critique of the Office of the Inspector General’s Report on Swing Beds in Critical Access Hospitals
Policy brief evaluating a March 2015 report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, commenting on Medicare reimbursement policy for swing bed services in Critical Access Hospitals. Evaluates the methods and data of the OIG report.
Author(s): Kristin Reiter, Mark Holmes
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
Date: 03/2015
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A Guidebook of Professional Practices for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration: Observations From Exemplary Sites
Assists primary care and behavioral health practices in identifying professional practices that have developed a successful workforce model of integrated care. Several primary care organizations with effective integrated behavioral health and primary care participated in the study including 3 in rural areas.
Author(s): Deborah J. Cohen, Melinda M. Davis, Jennifer D. Hall, Emma C. Gilchrist, Benjamin F. Miller
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Date: 03/2015
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Intra Rural and Urban Primary Care Physician Findings: AAMC 2009 Physician Survey of Primary Care Chartbook
Analyzes primary care physician survey data that was assembled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 2009/2010 prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide baseline measures in which to compare potential post ACA application studies.
Author(s): Gary Hart
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
Date: 02/2015
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Variability in General Surgical Procedures in Rural and Urban U.S. Hospital Inpatient Settings
Analyzes rural and urban variations in frequently performed inpatient surgical procedures that could be handled by general surgeons rather than subspecialists.
Author(s): Mark P. Doescher, J. Elizabeth Jackson, Meredith A. Fordyce, Dana C. Lynge
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Date: 02/2015
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Illinois Critical Access Hospital Hospitalist Study
Evaluates Illinois Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) who have hospitalist programs. Discusses advantages and challenges, and how these programs might impact rural communities who are trying to recruit and retain rural providers.
Author(s): Martin MacDowell, Katherine Johns, Dana Evans, Hana Hinkle
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Professions
Date: 02/2015
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Health Insurance and Farmworker Eligibility
A fact sheet summarizing data on farmworker health insurance status, the elements that contribute to their lack of health insurance, and possible repercussions farmworkers face by not having health insurance.
Sponsoring organization: Health Outreach Partners
Date: 02/2015
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Blackfeet Community College Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program - Overview and Preliminary Outcomes
An overview of the Issksiniip Project, a Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grant program that assists students at Blackfeet Community College and other Montana colleges. Includes a brief description of the health careers available to participating students, which include nursing, pharmacy, dental, medical coding and billing, and other allied health professions. Also discusses program structure and services and preliminary results of the program.
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
Date: 02/2015
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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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Illinois Critical Access Hospital Program: Learning From the Past, Building the Future
Discusses how Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation has benefited CAHs in Illinois. Evaluates the program's financial stability as well as how well the program provides healthcare services to those in rural communities.
Author(s): Melissa Henriksen, Norman Walzer, Andy Blanke
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
Date: 01/2015
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Empowering Promotores de Salud as Partners in Cancer Education and Research in Rural Southwest Kansas
Discusses a community-based participatory method providing cancer research training to promotores and to assess their capability to disseminate cancer research information to Latinos in rural Kansas.
Author(s): Ana Paula Cupertino, Mercedes Saint-Elin, Johana Bravo de los Rios, et al.
Journal citation: Oncology Nursing Forum Volume 42 Issue 1 Pages: 15-22
Date: 01/2015
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Worker Illness Related to Newly Marketed Pesticides - Douglas County, Washington, 2014
Reports on the occupational hazards in agriculture regarding the use of pesticides recently marketed and the lack of worker notification about their use in Douglas County, Washington.
Journal citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) Volume 64 Issue 2 Pages: 42-44
Date: 01/2015
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The Ohio Poverty Report
Discusses poverty in Ohio, including variation between counties. Reports that 11.0% of those in rural areas were poor. Table A6 shows the number and percentage of poor people by county, including both urban and rural.
Author(s): Don Larrick, Steven Kelley, Robert Schmidley
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Development Services Agency
Date: 01/2015
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Medicaid Annual Report; State Fiscal Year 2014 (Wyoming)
Provides a comprehensive report of Wyoming’s Medicaid program, including information on types of services provided, enrollment, cost of services, and service utilization. Contains information on services provided at Rural Health Clinics throughout, including a special section on numbered page 76 (PDF page 86).
Sponsoring organization: Wyoming Department of Health
Date: 2015
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2013 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE): An Overview
Selected data and maps of health insurance coverage based on the 2013 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates. Maps show county-level data on uninsured adults, children, and uninsured by income level. Includes maps showing changes in uninsured rates from 2008 to 2013.
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
Date: 2015
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Guidance on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) 2013 Reporting Year and 2015 Payment Adjustment for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
Lists frequently asked questions concerning Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Critical Access Hospitals who submit claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Journal citation: MLN Matters
Date: 2015
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Grantee Directory: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program, 2013-2016
Provides contact information and a brief overview of the 29 initiatives funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy through the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program in the 2013-2016 funding cycle. The program supports rural primary care providers implementing quality improvement activities, with the goal of promoting the development of an evidence-based culture and delivery of coordinated care in the primary care setting.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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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Rural Areas Lag Urban Areas in College Completion
Compares rural to urban post-high school educational attainment, with a focus on college completion rates, based on 2008-2012 American Community Survey data. Shows trends via comparison to 2000 Census data.
Author(s): Alexander Marré
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
Journal citation: Amber Waves
Date: 12/2014
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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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Rural Employment in Recession and Recovery
Describes the impact of the 2007-2008 recession and the recovery that followed, with a focus on rural employment. Discusses regional variation in unemployment. Compares rural to urban employment growth from 2007 to 2014.
Author(s): Thomas Hertz, Lorin Kusmin, Alexander Marré, Timothy Parker
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
Journal citation: Amber Waves
Date: 10/2014
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Results from 2011 Tax-Exempt Hospitals’ Schedule H Community Benefit Reporting
Reports community benefit of hospitals by measuring financial costs incurred through charity care, financial assistance and spending to fill gaps in Medicaid and Medicare payments. Findings are divided into urban/suburban and rural locations by zip code.
Author(s): Ernst & Young LLP
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
Date: 08/2014
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