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2013 Graduate Medical Exit Survey Report: Indiana University School of Medicine
Author(s): Komal Kochhar, Bryce Beunte, Peter Nalin, Michelle Howenstine, Sharmin Bruen
Sponsoring organization: Indiana University School of Medicine
Documents graduates' choice of practice location, and their training to serve in rural and underserved populations. Includes numerous tables which indicate the number of graduates who received this type of training, along with self-rated competency levels in how competent they feel in providing care for these populations.
Date: 07 / 2014

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July – December 2013
Author(s): Stephen J. Blumberg, Julian V. Luke
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
Provides data on households that rely on wireless telephones rather than landlines. Indicates trends by providing figures for 6-month periods from July 2010 to December 2013. Includes data for non-metropolitan compared to metropolitan areas. Telephone surveys conducted using only landline numbers could be biased if the wireless-only population differs in relevant ways from the landline population.
Date: 07 / 2014

Home Health Care Agency Availability in Rural Counties (Key Facts)
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Describes the status of home healthcare service delivery in the rural United States. Reports that as of 2008, most U.S. counties had access to home health services, but rural counties were more likely to be served by only a single agency.
Date: 07 / 2014

How Does Medicaid Expansion Affect Insurance Coverage of Rural Populations?
Author(s): Kristie Thompson, Brystana Kaufman, Mark Holmes
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Examines how states’ decisions on Medicaid expansion are impacting rural areas in the United States. Used population estimates, current status of state expansion, and state-level insurance estimates to answer two primary questions including how is Medicaid expansion affecting rural populations and how would it differ if every state were to expand Medicaid.
Date: 07 / 2014

Facilitating the Formation of Accountable Care Organizations in Rural Areas
Author(s): Jure Baloh, Xi Zhu, Tom Vaughn, A. Clinton MacKinney, Keith J. Mueller, Fred Ullrich, Matthew Nattinger
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Presents characteristics contributing to the formation of four accountable care organizations that serve rural Medicare beneficiaries, one each of the four census regions (West, Midwest, Northeast, and South).
Date: 07 / 2014

Rural Residents Who Are Hospitalized in Rural and Urban Hospitals: United States, 2010
Author(s): Margaret Jean Hall, Maria F. Owings
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
NCHS data brief focused on hospitalized rural residents, with a comparison of those treated at rural versus urban hospitals. Includes data on patients' age, payment source (Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance), number of procedures, and discharge status. Based on data from the 2010 National Hospital Discharge Survey.
Date: 07 / 2014

Public Transportation: Federal Role Key to Rural and Tribal Transit
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
Examines the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) funding, oversight, and other support for the rural transit program; changes in services, ridership, and costs since 2009; and challenges that rural and tribal transit providers face and possible actions to address them. FTA's Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program (rural transit program) is FTA's only dedicated grant program for rural and tribal transit.
Date: 06 / 2014

MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System, June 2014
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Includes chapters on synchronizing Medicare policy across payment models; improving risk adjustment; measuring quality of care; financial assistance for low-income beneficiaries; per beneficiary payment for primary care; site-neutral payments for select conditions treated in inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities; and measuring the effects of medication adherence for the Medicare population. Mentions rural throughout.
Date: 06 / 2014

Behavioral Health Data Exchange Consortium: ONC State Health Policy Consortium Project
Discusses pilot programs for behavioral health data exchange between states. State laws that provide privacy protections have created challenges for sharing behavioral health information electronically. Reports that New Mexico completed an intrastate pilot test of the transfer of information between two clinics (one behavioral health and the other primary care) in a rural setting.
Date: 06 / 2014

MedPAC A Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, 2014
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Provides data, including some rural-specific statistics, on various aspects of the Medicare program. Covers beneficiary demographics, quality and access, national health care spending, and data for specific provider settings. Includes sections on Medicare Advantage, and prescription drugs, including Part D.
Date: 06 / 2014

Effect of Rurality on Screening for Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Comparing Mammography
Author(s): J. Leung, S. McKenzie, J. Martin, D. McLaughlin
Study analyzes the rural and urban differences in how adult women utilize mammography screenings.
Journal citation: Rural and Remote Health Volume 14 Issue 2730
Date: 06 / 2014

Changes in Areas With Concentrated Poverty: 2000 to 2010
Author(s): Alemayehu Bishaw
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
Compares Census 2000 poverty estimates with those based on the 2008–2012 5-year American Community Survey (ACS), referred to throughout the report as the 2010 estimates. Includes data on poverty rates for non-metropolitan, suburban, and central city metropolitan areas in Tables 2a and 2b and Figure 7. Reports that non-metropolitan areas had the largest increase in the proportion of people living in poverty areas between 2000 and 2010. Also includes county-level poverty maps for 2000 and 2010, Figures 5 and 6.
Date: 06 / 2014

Expanding the Dental Team: Increasing Access to Care in Public Settings
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
Looks at three examples of midlevel dental providers working to expand care to underserved populations. Highlights three practices in Minnesota, California, and Alaska, the latter deploying dental health aide therapists to distant rural locations.
Date: 06 / 2014

How Medicaid Expansions and Future Community Health Center Funding Will Shape Capacity to Meet the Nation’s Primary Care Needs: A 2014 Update
Author(s): Leighton Ku, Julia Zur, Emily Jones, Peter Shin, Sara Rosenbaum
Sponsoring organization: George Washington University Department of Health Policy
Discusses the revenue sources for community health centers, which provide services to rural and underserved areas. Estimates the effect of policy decisions on the capacity of community health centers to meet the future healthcare needs of communities.
Date: 06 / 2014

Working with Dental Therapists - Dental Health Aide Bobby Curtis
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
Presents a 2 minute video with Bobby Curtis, a dental health aide therapist in rural Alaska, who describes his work with patients and how he interacts with his supervising dentist.
Date: 06 / 2014

Primary Care Physicians: Rural and Urban Disparities in Missouri
Author(s): M. Becker, L. Jackson
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Hospital Association
Discusses how rural counties in Missouri have been losing physicians over the past three years. Covers Missouri's rural poverty rate, the aging rural population, and older physicians in rural Missouri. These issues result in an increased demand for care, a primary care shortage, and an aging workforce which are creating challenges for Missouri's health care system.
Date: 06 / 2014

Home Health Care Agency Availability in Rural Counties (Final Report)
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Samuel Towne, Jordan Mitchell, Kevin J. Bennett, Robert Chen
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Examines home healthcare across the United States and in rural counties including home health care agency availability and quality of services provided. Reports that counties at risk for limited service availability were almost entirely rural. Of the 34 counties lacking a home health agency, 30 were rural. Of the 120 counties served by a single agency, 118 were rural.
Date: 06 / 2014

Rural Wisconsin Today: The Status and Trends of Rural Wisconsin
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Rural Partners
A compilation of key indicators on the status and trends of rural Wisconsin. Includes definitions of rural, employment and income, education and schools, health care, housing, and data.
Date: 05 / 2014

Addressing the Health Care Needs Of Rural Veterans: A Guide for State Offices of Rural Health
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
A "how to" manual to support State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) in addressing the health care needs of rural veterans.
Date: 01 / 2014

Source Book: Rural Health Network Development Grant Program, 2011-2014
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
Describes 20 initiatives funded under the Rural Health Network Development Grant Program in the 2011-2014 funding cycle. Programs address healthcare access, quality, and delivery systems through the development of formal networks, alliances, coalitions, and partnerships. Includes information on program services, community characteristics, outcomes, challenges addressed, partners involved, program sustainability, and implications for other communities.
Date: 2014

Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities
Author(s): Karen Harris Brewer
Sponsoring organization: Nemours Foundation
Covers childhood obesity in rural communities including common themes and lessons learned, the role of early care, education, and out-of-school time in obesity prevention. Also provides examples of community initiatives and recommendations to policymakers for preventing obesity.
Date: 2014

Migrant Health Newsline: Commemorative Issue
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
The final and commemorative issue that looks back on the migrant health movement. Includes reprints of past articles about the history of migrant health and the Migrant Health program.
Date: 2014

Progress and Challenges with the Implementation and Use of Electronic Health Records among Critical Access Hospitals
Author(s): Meghan Hufstader Gabriel, Michael F. Furukawa, Emily B. Jones, Jennifer King, Leila K. Samy
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Provides an analysis of the adoption of health information technology and electronic health records by critical access hospitals.
Date: 09 / 2013

Community Paramedicine & the Changing Face of EMS
Author(s): Nora Vanni
Presents an interview with David Johnson, a community paramedic in Minnesota. Discusses the role of community paramedics, in both rural and urban areas, whose effort is designed to reach underserved populations with both primary care resources and improved prehospital care.
Date: 08 / 2013

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