North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
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Examination of Rural and Frontier Home Health Services
This mixed-method study is an in-depth examination of access to and utilization of home health services provided in rural and frontier areas. The study begins to explore how influential patient-centered decision-making is in determining the type of post-acute care services used by rural and frontier Medicare beneficiaries.
Topics: Frontier health, Home health, Post-acute care
Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences
This project examines the impact of rurality on mortality and explores the regional differences in the primary and underlying causes of death. It also explores the role of the rural public health systems in addressing social determinants of health.
Topics: Public health, Social determinants of health
Frontier and Rural Definition Development and Dissemination Project
The Frontier and Remote (FAR) codes are a new geographic definition that delineates frontier/remote areas in the U.S.
Topic: Frontier health
Rural Population Hospice Care
Relatively little is known about rural hospice care. The objectives of this project are to review and describe what is already known about rural hospices and to perform initial quantitative analyses on available data to describe the: number of rural hospices and their use patterns (e.g., length of stay and utilization rates), rural residents to urban hospice utilization, and rural versus urban resident hospice utilization rates. For this project, rural is be subdivided into categories such as large rural, small rural, isolated small rural, and frontier. To supplement this information, qualitative information was obtained and integrated into the findings report.
Topics: Aging, Health services, Quality
Use of Emergency Departments for Behavioral Health Related Care
This project will study the prevalence of emergency department utilization for behavioral health diagnoses between rural and urban communities.
Topics: Emergency medical services and trauma, Health services, Hospitals and clinics, Mental and behavioral health
Perspectives of Rural Hospice Directors
Rural hospice care, as it is currently configured, is under pressure by a variety of factors (e.g., policy and regulation, economic and financial, and organizational and structural) which are reviewed in this document. However, a central core element of rural hospice remains the strong sense of community that is embodied in the system (i.e., typically a small non-profit arrangement) and design (i.e., a delivery system reliant on community connections and personal relationships) of care. This policy brief is the result of a national phone survey of rural hospice directors or key staff in 47 states. Fifty-three directors or key staff members were interviewed during a three-month period in 2013.
Topics: Aging, Health services, Quality, Telehealth
Use and Performance Variations in Rural Emergency Departments: Implications for Improving Care Quality and Reducing Costs
This project describes rural usage of rural emergency departments (EDs). It will examine the conditions that are treated in these EDs and describe those that are more and less appropriate for ED use. Rural ED use is described by community characteristics including rural level. The findings provide a baseline from which to measure the future influence of the Accountable Care Act implementation on the usage of rural EDs and the appropriateness and cost efficiency of changes.
Topics: Emergency medical services and trauma, Quality
Examination of Trends in Rural and Urban Health: Establishing a Baseline for Health Reform
The purpose of this project is to update and supplement the seminal Health, United States, 2001: Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. Resulting information can not only be compared to the 2001 Chartbook but provides a baseline from which to measure future change related to the Accountable Care Act implementation. Where appropriate additional charts are included wherein rural areas are subdivided by type.
Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Health services, Public health