Telemedicine use among Medicare beneficiaries has decreased in 2021 following May 2020 spike

The use of telemedicine among Medicare beneficiaries exploded at the beginning of the pandemic, particularly following the mid-March 2020 announcement that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would reimburse providers for telemedicine services. Interested in understanding older adults’ use of telehealth during the pandemic, researchers from the Health Data Analytics Institute and Harvard Medical… Read more »

COVID-era remote patient monitoring supports at-home care for rural residents

In response to the pandemic, a Midwestern health system created a remote patient monitoring program that allows health care providers to monitor and advise patients without requiring an emergency room visit. The program includes vital-sign-monitoring equipment and a tablet equipped with video communication software, which only requires a cell signal and not internet access. Although… Read more »

Evidence-based program strengthens multiple dimensions of senior wellbeing

The Rural Health Information Hub presents a summary of the StrongPeople™ programs, which have been under evaluation since 1994. The affiliated programs equip community-based health educators to lead classes on exercise, dietary skills, and civic activity to expand options for healthy living activities among older adults, particularly in rural places. Each element of the program… Read more »

COVID further strains rural health safety net amid growing rural health and resource risks

A healthcare analytics firm, the Chartis Group, has released a paper reporting on its ongoing data collection on rural health conditions and health care resources in light of the pandemic. The work identifies a pre-existing fragility in rural health care resources, with 138 rural hospital closures in the past decade, and 453 more vulnerable to… Read more »

Nurse home visiting program reduces child maltreatment and emergency care usage

Newly published results from a randomized clinical trial find that participation in a postpartum nurse home visiting program reduces child maltreatment investigations and child emergency medical care usage each by one-third by age five. For 18 months beginning in July 2009, all children born in Durham County, North Carolina were randomly assigned to participate in… Read more »

20 years of data reveal little improvement in narrowing racial health disparities in rural places

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examines diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke mortality among rural and urban Black and white adults ages 25 and older. The study used de-identified data spanning 1999-2018 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The authors found mortality rates for these… Read more »

Delayed and Forgone Health Care for Nonelderly Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Using data from the Urban Institute’s September 2020 Coronavirus Tracking Survey, a nationally representative survey of adults ages 18 to 64, we examine delayed or forgone care during the pandemic for nine types of health care services and assess patterns by race/ethnicity, income, and the presence of physical and mental health conditions. We find that… Read more »

Delayed and Forgone Health Care for Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Drawing on the Urban Institute’s September 2020 Coronavirus Tracking Survey, a nationally representative survey of adults ages 18 to 64, UI examined delayed and forgone health care for children under 19 during the pandemic because of parents’ concerns about exposure to the coronavirus or limits on providers’ services due to the pandemic. They find that… Read more »