Critical Access Hospitals and Their Role in Rural Healthcare
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this session will be held online only.
DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.
Iowa covers 55,869 square miles, with a 2019 estimated population of 3,155,070 people - 1,260,285 living in rural Iowa (USDA-ERS). 4% of Iowa residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Iowans in 2018 was $50,124, although rural per capita lagged at $48,237. The ERS reports, based on 2018 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Iowa is 11.0%, compared with 11.3% in urban areas of the state. 9.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 7.3% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2014-2018 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Iowa is at 2.8% while in urban Iowa it is at 2.7% (USDA-ERS, 2019).
For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
- Summarize the origins and history of Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.
- Differentiate between the levels of care and services provided by Critical Access Hospitals and larger hospital systems.
- Discuss the challenges faced by Critical Access Hospitals in today's economic climate.
Lauren Plum, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Clinic, Des Moines University
Family Caregiver and Advocate
- MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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- Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
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- Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director.
Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose:
- Darcy Lipsius, Speaker
- Heather Moorman, Speaker
- Lauren Plum, PT, DPT, OCS, Speaker
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 1.00 AOA Category 1A
- 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
- 1.00 CPME
- 1.00 IBON