Oregon's Critical Access Hospitals: Community Benefit Reporting Highlights
An overview of Oregon ’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) community benefit using data from the FY2014 annual community benefit reports (CBR). Includes detailed CBR data on each of the state’s CAHs as well as information on cost per benefit category, including the provision of free and discounted care for the uninsur ed, care for low-income and Medicaid beneficiaries, and services to improve community health and access to care. -- Oregon Office of Rural Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 18, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Oklahoma Health Workforce Databook (2014-2015)
Describes the supply and distribution of actively practicing health professionals in Oklahoma by county to help local planning organizations address workforce needs and access with data from June 2014 – May 2015. Includes data and maps identifying health profession shortage areas (HPSAs) and medically underserved areas and underserved populations (MUS/MUPs), the location of healthcare facilities, and healthcare provider and patient ratios across the state. -- Oklahoma Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 17, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Organized, Evidence-Based Care: Oral Health Integration
A guide providing tools to support the integration of oral healthcare into primary care practice. Topics focus on screening for oral health risk factors and disease, the development of preventive interventions, the role of health information technology, staffing options, and collecting data for quality improvement. Includes case examples of oral healthcare integration in rural primary care settings. -- Qualis Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 17, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Oral Health Programs in North Dakota
Results of a statewide collaboration of 50 individuals representing oral health services in North Dakota providing an overview of their oral health programs in the state, their governing agencies, and the populations they serve. -- University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 14, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Participation of Rural Health Care Providers in Accountable Care Organizations: Early Indications
Describes the characteristics of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in the Southeastern part of the U.S. and the populations they serve. Compares these traits to other regions in the country, and how the differences may influence their decision to participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 13, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Advancing Suicide Prevention Research with Rural American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
Summarizes the conclusions from a meeting of a multidisciplinary group of American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) suicide research experts to discuss the persistent issues related to suicide disproportionately affecting Indigenous communities. Identifies challenges hindering improvement in Indigenous suicide research and provides recommendations to support and strengthen Indigenous suicide research. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 13, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Aging in Rural and Frontier Oregon: Challenges Facing Rural and Frontier Home Health Agencies
Provides an overview of the services and challenges affecting home health agencies providing services to the aging population by county in rural Oregon. Includes discussion on healthcare access, home health agency regulation and reimbursement, recruitment and retention of healthcare providers, and physician compliance. -- Oregon Office of Rural Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 11, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Indian Health Service Hospitals: More Monitoring Needed to Ensure Quality Care
Explores concerns about inadequate healthcare quality provided in Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals. Makes recommendations for implementing a number of oversight measures, and identifies problem areas that will need to be addressed in order to improve healthcare quality in IHS hospitals. See companion report: Indian Health Service Hospitals: Longstanding Challenges Warrant Focused Attention to Support Quality Care -- Office of the Inspector General (HHS) (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 11, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Trends in Risk of Financial Distress among Rural Hospitals
Illustrates with 2013 – 2016 data the proportion of rural hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), at high risk of financial distress by Census region, and Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) payment type. -- North Carolina Rural Health Research Program (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 10, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Depends on Family Physicians
Brief description of a study examining distribution of physicians approved to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, by specialty and rurality. Features breakdowns by family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, and all other specialties, and by urban or rural location. -- Robert Graham Center (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 10, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Explaining the Link Between Access-to-care Factors and Health Care Resource Utilization among Individuals with COPD
Estimates with national data the relationship between access to healthcare and healthcare utilization that includes primary care physicians, hospitals, rural health centers (RHCs), and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 10, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Indian Health Service Hospitals: Longstanding Challenges Warrant Focused Attention to Support Quality Care
Study completed in response to concerns over inadequate quality of care being provided in Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals. Included in the report are findings from a series of leadership and staff interviews, questionnaires, and document reviews. Recommendations for improving quality of care are made to IHS and the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. -- Office of the Inspector General (HHS) (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 7, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Demographic and Economic Characteristics of Immigrant and Native-Born Populations in Rural and Urban Places
Describes demographic and economic characteristics of immigrant and native-born people by metropolitan status. Includes data on education level, English language proficiency, poverty level, and other topics. Also provides selected data by citizenship status for rural and urban immigrants. -- Carsey School of Public Policy (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 6, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

A Cost Analysis of a Community Health Worker Program in Rural Vermont
Examines the cost and effectiveness of a hospital affiliated community health program staffed by 3 community health workers in rural Vermont. Cost data was compiled from 2 categories that included the personnel involved and operational costs from 2010 to 2011. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Primary Care & Rural Health, Fact Sheet
Lists activities of the Office of Primary Care& Rural Health, including descriptions of programs related to primary care, rural hospitals and health networks, and health workforce development. -- New Mexico Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Traffic Safety Facts, 2014 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison
Contains statistics on motor vehicle fatal crashes based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Provides a rural/urban comparison with boundaries determined by state highway departments using U.S. Census Bureau's rural and urban boundaries, and approved by the Federal Highway Administration. -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Traffic Safety Facts, 2014 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison
Contains statistics on motor vehicle fatal crashes based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Provides a rural/urban comparison with boundaries determined by state highway departments using U.S. Census Bureau's rural and urban boundaries, and approved by the Federal Highway Administration. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Traffic Safety Facts 2014
Presents data of rural and urban motor vehicle crashes, traffic fatalities including emergency medical service (EMS) response times, and fatal crashes. -- U.S. Department of Transportation (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit
Provides information, tools and resources on broadband technology and planning for the development of Internet service in the Appalachian region. Focuses on identifying the unserved demand for broadband, developing partnerships, and reducing barriers for broadband providers to develop technology in underserved areas. Priorities of this primer are to reduce isolation, support economic development, increase educational opportunities, improve healthcare including telehealth, and enhance community capacity within the region. -- Appalachian Regional Commission (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit – August 2016
Provides information, tools and resources on broadband technology and planning for the development of Internet service in the Appalachian region. Focuses on identifying the unserved demand for broadband, developing partnerships, and reducing barriers for broadband providers to develop technology in underserved areas. Priorities of this primer are to reduce isolation, support economic development, increase educational opportunities, improve healthcare including telehealth, and enhance community capacity within the region. -- Appalachian Regional Commission (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Exploring Global Budgets and All-Payer Rate Setting Approaches: How Does it Impact Rural Providers?
A slide presentation on hospital payment methodologies focusing on the incentives of population and value driven payment models. Compares the impact of the all-payer model for hospitals in Maryland with volume-based payment approaches. Includes a rural perspective. -- Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How Migration Impacts Rural America
Identifies five migration patterns that impact rural counties: youth migration, rural exodus, retirement, destination, and university influence. Discusses how different migration patterns impact the need for services, including healthcare. Part of the publication series Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America. -- Applied Population Laboratory (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Preparing Nurses for New Roles in Population Health Management
Report based on two meetings of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice in 2016. Emphasizes recent changes in policy, legislation, and research to promote nursing's role in leading and practicing population health initiatives and addresses potential changes in nursing education to shift away from illness-focused acute care skills. Includes a section on population health in rural and underserved areas. -- National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 4, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Role of Networks in the Transition toward Value-Based Payment and Population Health Models
Webinar recording discussing how rural healthcare networks can serve as links between providers and community members to improve overall health. Includes a discussion of payment reform (MACRA, ACOs) and strategies for creating a successful care system and healthier people.Presentation slides are also available. -- National Rural Health Resource Center (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 4, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Cybersecurity Threats in Rural America: How to Protect Your Critical Access Hospitals
Webinar recording designed to help Critical Access Hospital leaders understand potential threats to their health information technology systems and how to assess and protect them. Includes a discussion of what to do if a cyberattack or data breach happens.Presentation slides are also available. -- Technical Assistance and Services Center (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 4, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

2016 Rural Hospital Replacement Facility Study
A slide presentation examining the impact related to the replacement of Critical Access Hospital (CAH) facilities using data from Medicare cost reports, and historical financial and utilization data. Includes discussion on profit margins, growth in services, operating efficiencies, and quality improvement. -- National Rural Health Association (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 4, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Aiming for Fewer Hospital U-turns: The Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program
Describes the Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), analyzes the impact of the program on Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare facilities, and highlights identified issues regarding its implementation. Tables and charts display differences in penalties incurred by urban and rural facilities, and include estimates for FY 2017. -- Kaiser Family Foundation (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 3, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Supply and Distribution of the Behavioral Health Workforce in Rural America
Discusses and compares the provider to population ratios of the behavioral health workforce in Metropolitan and Non-Metro (Micropolitan and Non-Core) U.S. counties. -- WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 3, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Achieving Equity in Health for Children and Families in New Mexico Through the Affordable Care Act
Discusses the expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions focused on developing health equity for children and families in New Mexico. -- Con Alma Health Foundation (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - October 3, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Age-Associated Perceptions of Physical Activity Facilitators and Barriers Among Women in Rural Southernmost Illinois
Results of a qualitative study of 14 focus groups in a 7-county rural area, comprising 110 women divided into 4 age groups. Explores the women's narratives, including knowledge of physical activity, behavior, and access to physical activity facilities. Includes demographic information on participants. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 30, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Maine Rural Health Profiles: A Statewide View of Rural Health
Summarizes the health status of the state of Maine and each of Maine ’s16 counties. Reports on the health systems, workforce and facilities for health services, the healthcare economy, and healthcare access. Includes maps and discussion illustrating the scale of rurality for each county, and how the data portray the challenges and opportunities of rural health. -- Maine Rural Health Research Center (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Maine Rural Health Profiles: A Statewide View of Rural Health
Summarizes the health status of the state of Maine and each of Maine ’s 16 counties. Reports on the health systems, workforce and facilities for health services, the healthcare economy, and healthcare access. Includes maps and discussion illustrating the scale of rurality for each county, and how the data portray the challenges and opportunities of rural health. -- Maine Rural Health Research Center (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Planning for Transportation Together: Collaborating to Address Transportation and Economic Resilience
This report expands on the definition of economic development in transportation, and provides case studies demonstrating how state agencies, and regional planning and development organizations can work together to develop transportation facilities, infrastructure, and services to create jobs, improve access to employment, education and community services including healthcare. -- National Association of Development Organizations (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Planning for Transportation Together: Collaborating to Address Transportation and Economic Resiliance
This report expands on the definition of economic development in transportation, and provides case studies demonstrating how state agencies, and regional planning and development organizations can work together to develop transportation facilities, infrastructure, and services to create jobs, improve access to employment, education and community services including healthcare. -- National Association of Development Organizations (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Responsive Rural Health Delivery Systems
Policy brief discussing how rural healthcare delivery systems can address current challenges while transitioning to value-based care. Lays out recommendations for creating a high performance rural healthcare system based on five critical factors as defined by the Rural Policy Research Institute's Rural Health Panel: affordability, accessibility, community focused, high quality, and patient centered. -- National Rural Health Association (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Disparities in Patterns of Health Care Travel Among Inpatients Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure, Florida, 2011
Investigates the nonclinical factors that motivate patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) to travel greater distances to seek treatment rather than utilize their local hospital service area. Study was based on 2011 individual hospital discharge data and analyzes the odds of local hospitalization and various predictors of travel time including race, ethnicity, payer, severity of the condition, and patient location. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Climate Justice in Rural Southeastern United States: A Review of Climate Change Impacts and Effects on Human Health
Reviews the literature from 2010 to 2015 regarding the health effects due to climate change on vulnerable populations in the rural Southeastern part of the U.S. Offers suggestions for climate change mitigation in this region at the local, regional, and national level. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Colorectal Cancer Burden and Access to Federally Qualified Health Centers in California
Examines the geographic variation, distance to a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and poverty level of the patient population and their access to a private vehicle relative to the number of late-stage diagnosis of colorectal cancer in California. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes a June 2016 joint workshop focused on healthcare and transportation. Includes information on cross-sector collaboration to provide transportation in rural settings. Identifies data sources for understanding health-related transportation needs. -- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

50 State Scan of Telehealth Reimbursement Laws and Medicaid Policies
A factsheet detailing the policy trends and variations of telehealth across the country, with statistics about how Medicaid reimbursement is being used for this service. -- Center for Connected Health Policy (National Telehealth Policy Resource Center) (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Variation in the Rate of Cesarean Section Across U.S. Hospitals, 2013
Provides data on the rate of total and low-risk C-sections across U.S. hospitals in 2013, looking at variations in C-section rates by hospital characteristics. Figure 3 provides data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural hospitals. -- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms, and Understanding the Fine Print
A guide for choosing an Electronic Health Record system and provider. Includes discussions on safety and security, system performance, data, sharing information, risks and liability, dispute resolution, and switching EHRs. -- Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 27, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Health IT Playbook
An online guidebook for healthcare providers on using Health Information Technology (HIT) to its best advantage. Includes discussions on choosing, implementing, and upgrading electronic health records (EHRs), using Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Certified Health IT products, implementing patient engagement via telehealth/telemedicine, quality and security with HIT, and looking at how HIT can connect providers and patients in public health settings. Includes a section on HIT in rural settings. -- Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 27, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, Marshall Islands, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, Palau, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, Northern Mariana Islands, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, Guam, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, Federated States of Micronesia, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, American Samoa, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, Puerto Rico, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news