Download the latest rural health data and reports from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Rural-Urban Disparities in Health Care in Medicare (PDF)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, November 2019
Rural-Urban Disparities in Health Care in Medicare – CMS released an update to this report which describes rural-urban differences in health care experiences and clinical care received nationally in 2018. In addition to comparing the quality of care delivered to rural and urban Medicare beneficiaries overall, the report looks at how these differences vary by race and ethnicity.
Information on Medicare Telehealth Report (PDF)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, November 2018
CMS telehealth report explores Medicare, Medicaid and dually-eligible beneficiaries with chronic conditions who may benefit from the expansion of telehealth services. The report also reviews activities by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which examine the use of telehealth services in models, projects, or initiatives, as well as barriers that may prevent the expansion of telehealth services.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, November 2017
The MMWR is a series prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations. This series updates periodically with information pertaining to rural health.
Creating a Framework to Support Measure Development for Telehealth
National Quality Forum, August 2017
This report and the conceptual framework serve as a foundation for future efforts by measure developers, researchers, analysts, and others in the healthcare community to advance quality measurement for telehealth. Utilizing input and direction from the Telework Committee and identifying some of the highest-priority areas for measurement, this report may support the development of measures that incorporate into a telehealth environment as part of an iterative development process.
Impact of the Affordable Care Act Coverage Expansion on Rural and Urban Populations
ASPE Office of Health Policy Issue Brief, June 2016
This brief examines health insurance coverage gains, Marketplace coverage and premium tax credits, and access to health care, with a special focus on individuals living in rural areas.
Performance Measurement for Rural Low-Volume Providers
National Quality Forum, Rural Health Final Report, September 2015
The Performance Measurement for Rural Low-Volume Providers report presents 14 recommendations from a multi-stakeholder committee tasked to address challenges of healthcare performance measurement for rural providers, particularly in the context of CMS pay-for-performance programs.