Geographic Variation in the Profitability of Critical Access Hospitals

The NC Rural Health Research Program’s Findings Brief, Geographic Variation in the Profitability of Critical Access Hospitals, examines how the profitability of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) varies greatly across states and U.S. Census divisions. The decertification of CAHs and the loss of cost-based reimbursement are likely to reduce hospital profitability, with some states and regions… Read more »

Profitability in Rural Hospitals

The North Carolina Rural Health Research Program recently released Profitability in Rural Hospitals, authored by George H. Pink, PhD; Victoria Freeman, RN, DrPH; Randy Randolph, MRP; and G. Mark Holmes, PhD. This new findings brief compares the profitability between 2010 and 2012 for urban and rural hospitals paid under the Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS),… Read more »

GME in the United States: A Review of State Initiatives

The debate on how best to reform and fund Graduate Medical Education (GME) is moving up the health policy agenda. Most of the proposals are coming from national organizations offering national solutions. Often absent from the discussion is the important role states play in reforming GME. The Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy, part… Read more »

Therapeutic Environment Screening Survey For Nursing Homes (TESS-NH)

Therapeutic Environment Screening Survey For Nursing Homes (TESS-NH) The TESS-NH is an observational instrument that gathers systematic data on the physical environment of a long-term care facility. The TESS-NH contains over 80 specific items measuring characteristics that are believed to be of importance to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The TESS-NH was designed… Read more »

A Manual for Community-Based Participatory Research: Using Research to Improve Practice and Inform Policy in Assisted Living-Based Participatory Research

In partnership with the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL), researchers in the Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care are announcing publication of a first-of-its-kind manual to improving practices and informing policies in assisted living communities through the use of a collaborative method of research – community-based participatory research (CBPR). A Manual for… Read more »

FY2011 North Carolina Hospital Discharge Data Now Available

FY2011 North Carolina Hospital Discharge Data are now available for use by academic researchers.  Please click here to visit our webpages for more information.  Inpatient, Ambulatory Surgery and Emergency Department databases are available. The NC Hospital Discharge Data are not public information, but a searchable public version of the NC data is available through HCUP.net . … Read more »

Sheps Center Annual Report 2008-2009

Initially, the mission of the Sheps Center is discussed, followed by a narrative review of its research, technical assistance, and training activities. The research and technical assistance activities are described by program area, followed by a description of the Center‘s graduate and postgraduate education activities and the library and informational services available. The next sections… Read more »

County Estimates of the Number of Uninsured in North Carolina 2005 Update

North Carolina Uninsured 2005 NC Legislative District Estimates of the Number of Uninsured in North Carolina Percent of North Carolinians Aged 0-64 Without Health Insurance MAP Percent of North Carolinians Aged 0-64 Without Health Insurance by Senate District MAP Percent of North Carolinians Aged 0-64 Without Health Insurance by House District MAP