Rural Health Research Products
The full list of freely-available research products from the Rural Health Research Centers, including policy briefs, reports, chartbooks, interactive data websites, and more.
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Differences in Community Characteristics of Sole Community Hospitals
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
The purpose of this brief is to: 1) present a snapshot of SCHs4 and the communities served by them in 2015 (cross-sectional analysis) and 2) identify some trends in selected SCH and community characteristics between 2006 and 2015 (longitudinal analysis).
Ambulance Services for Medicare Beneficiaries: State Differences in Usage, 2012-2014
Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
Ambulance services are at risk of scaling back or dissolving in some places. We analyzed Medicare beneficiaries’ use of ambulance services across the U.S. Improved understanding of how beneficiaries, most of whom are elderly, use these services provides vital information for policymakers who set rules and regulations about access to the services.
Rural-Urban Variations in Medicare Live Discharge Patterns from Hospice, 2012-2013
Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis
This brief 1) provides an overview of the geographic distribution of “freestanding” (i.e., rather than those co-located in a hospital, home health agency, or skilled nursing facility) rural and urban hospices and, 2) explores live discharge rates for hospices operating in rural versus urban areas.
Regulating Network Adequacy for Rural Populations: Perspectives of Five States
University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
The purpose of this study was to examine how five geographically-diverse states with significant rural populations define "network adequacy" and the degree to which they consider rural issues when regulating networks.
Improving Rural Oral Health: Six States’ Response to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Strategic Framework
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
The U.S. Public Health Service Oral Health Coordinating Committee published the Oral Health Strategic Framework 2014-2017. The framework includes 5 goals for advancing oral health in America. We explore how 6 states have responded to the Strategic Framework; specifically, how they address oral health inter-professional practice, and access to care.