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Accession Number PB2013-103638
Title Rural Hospital Support for Emergency Medical Services. Findings Brief.
Publication Date Nov 2010
Media Count 2p
Personal Author H. A. Howard R. Lavergne V. A. Freeman
Abstract Prehospital emergency care is an important component of a comprehensive health care system. Rural EMS agencies face continual challenges to ensure a qualified workforce to meet prehospital emergency care needs. While most EMS agencies function as independent entities or are affiliated with fire departments, affiliation with a local hospital is one option for sustaining rural EMS. Little is known about the rural hospitals that operate EMS units, and most of what is known has focused on Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). We used Medicare Hospital Cost Reports to identify rural hospitals, with and without EMS, for this study. Study questions included: what proportion of rural hospitals support or operate EMS units; has this changed in last five years; what are the characteristics of rural hospitals that support or operate EMS; what are the financial investments made by these hospitals in EMS; and what describes the communities in which these hospitals are located.
Keywords Cost benefit analysis
Emergency medical services
Financial support
Health care cost
Health care delivery systems
Length of stay
Rural areas
Rural health services
Socioeconomic variables
Work force

Source Agency Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
NTIS Subject Category 44E - Health Care Measurement Methodology
44C - Community & Population Characteristics
91F - Health Services
43C - Human Resources
Corporate Author North Carolina Univ. at Chapel Hill. Center for Health Services Research.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number N/A

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