The non-partisan think tank Minnesota 2020 recently focused on rural health care.
Practitioners of Change: Regional Case Studies in State Health Care Reform and Cost Containment is the Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Legislative Conference report (PDF: 3MG/34pgs).
The July issue of Stateline Midwest explores recently approved major health reforms (PDF:3MG/12pgs).
Despite a more vulnerable patient mix, community health centers out perform other primary care providers in the use of preventive care, by both Medicaid and uninsured patients, according to a study from the George Washington University Medical Center’s School of Public Health and Health Services (PDF: 200KB/16pgs).
Access Transformed reports that community health centers have a shortage of more than 3,200 primary care providers and nurses, with larger shortages in areas that are rural and low-income. The report is online (PDF: 4MB/40pgs).
HealthLeaders Media asks What’s Holding Telemedicine Back?
Evidence on the Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology is online (PDF: 1MB/46pgs).
Preventing Youth Suicide in Rural America: Recommendations to States is online (PDF: 450 KB/26 pgs).
The AARP Public Policy Institute’s Quick Health Facts 2008 compiles selected state data (PDF: 67pgs/425KB).
Inside Higher Ed explores the lack of qualified pharmacists.
EMS Workforce for the 21st Century is online (PDF:4MB/163pgs).
A series of Rural Health Research and Policy Center Findings Briefs are online, including Rural-Urban Differences in Characteristics of Local EMS Agencies, Challenges for Rural Emergency Medical Services, and Issues in Staffing EMS: A National Survey of Local Rural and Urban EMS Directors.
The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services 2008 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Service Issues is online.
The Rural Health Clinic Fact Sheet provides information about services, Medicare certification, payments, cost reports and annual reconciliation (PDF:416KB/4pgs).