Availability of Post-acute Care and Long-term Care Services in Rural Areas

Duration: approximately minutes

During this webinar, Hari Sharma, PhD, discussed the availability of post-acute care and long-term care services in rural areas, focusing on nursing homes. Dr. Sharma examined the trends in nursing home closures and identified areas without nursing home services. He then explored the extent to which hospitals with swing beds provide coverage for post-acute care and long-term care services in rural areas and assessed the availability of home health care services in areas without nursing homes.


Hari Sharma, PhD Hari Sharma, PhD

Hari Sharma, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa's College of Public Health. Dr. Sharma is a health economist by training and his research focuses on issues around cost, quality, and access to post-acute and long-term care services. Recently, he has examined nursing home closures, availability of post-acute and long-term care services in rural areas, skilled nursing facility value-based payments, as well as 5-star rating system for nursing homes.

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