Quality of Skilled Nursing Facilities Serving Rural Medicare Beneficiaries
Over one-third of all home health agencies and about half of skilled nursing facilities are either rural-located or urban-located with patient populations consisting of 10% or more rural Medicare beneficiaries. This study used Medicare star ratings to examine quality of home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities by rural-serving status.
Emergency Medical Services Personnel: Comparing Rural and Urban Provider Experience and Provision of Evidence-based Care
Rural EMS agencies need more resources to provide evidenced-based care for stroke, hypoglycemia, and trauma.
The Association of Rurality and Breast Cancer Stage at Diagnosis: A National Study
More rural patients were initially diagnosed with breast cancer at a late stage compared to urban patients. Black non-Hispanic patients were 27% more likely and uninsured patients were over two times more likely to receive a late-stage diagnosis than non-Black patients and insured patients.
Geographic Access to Health Care for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries: An Update and National Look
Rural Medicare beneficiaries travel farther to receive care and spend more time traveling than urban beneficiaries to access treatment. This study describes who cares for rural patients, distance to care, and how much care is received.
The WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) is one of seven rural health research centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to perform policy-oriented research on issues related to rural health care.